Will Malaysian Matriculation Ever Be Abolished?

I was hoping that the Malaysia's Matriculation system would be abolished to allow a "One-Examination System" for entry into the competitive Public Universities. I feel it is better for everyone to take the same set of exam questions, marked with the same marking schemes and graded using the same grading systems to allow fair competition among every Malaysian student.

But it seems like from this report, the Matriculation is here to stay for a long long time as another four more will be completed by 2010.

Reasons for having Matriculation system:-
"Before the matriculation programme was introduced in the 1980s, Bumiputera students who excelled in their studies found it difficult to enrol at public universities due to the limited places.

Some of them were also stuck at the STPM (Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia) level and could not further their studies," he said at the launch of the matriculation centres' national-level foster family programme in Felda Chini Timur here yesterday."

After 20 years, haven't the Bumiputera students benefited from the system and become more competitive? more progressive? In universities, it is undeniable that the majority of students are the Bumiputeras, so isn't it a sign that they have became more competitive after so many years and are able to compete by themselves? I think I've met many Bumiputera students in my Universtity that can survive in the education sector without the help of such a system actually. Don't you guys think so?

Would you prefer one standard system for entry into university or having multiple routes?


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Matriculation gets a boost
By M. Hamzah
Source: NSTonline, 02/11/2008

PEKAN: Four more matriculation colleges will be completed by 2010, bringing the number of available places to more than 40,000.

The new colleges are being built in Selangor, Kelantan, Sabah and Terengganu under the Ninth Malaysia Plan.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said the matriculation centres were important as they gave a chance to Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) holders, particularly Bumiputera students, to secure a place in public universities.

He said the existing colleges would be upgraded to enable them to enrol more students.

There are nine matriculation colleges with a total intake of 28,000 students annually. Each of the new colleges is expected to have the capacity to handle more than 3,000 students.

"Before the matriculation programme was introduced in the 1980s, Bumiputera students who excelled in their studies found it difficult to enrol at public universities due to the limited places.

"Some of them were also stuck at the STPM (Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia) level and could not further their studies," he said at the launch of the matriculation centres' national-level foster family programme in Felda Chini Timur here yesterday.

His speech was read by Deputy Education Minister Datuk Razali Ismail.

Najib said the matriculation programme had reduced the gap between the intake of Bumiputera and non-Bumiputera students. "It has helped to increase the number of Bumiputera students in public higher learning institutions, particularly in courses such as medicine, dentistry, architecture, accounting and management."

Najib said the matriculation programme was also open to non-Bumiputera students, who had been allocated 10 per cent of the available places.

Najib, who is also in charge of Felda, said the agency would continue to implement programmes to improve the performance of students in Felda schemes.

For next year, he said, Felda would add five science learning centres after successfully introducing the centres in 10 schools this year.

The centres provide free tuition in science subjects and mathematics to Form Four and Form Five students.

On the community programme yesterday, Najib said it was a good exposure for the matriculation students who would lead the nation in future.

2 comments:

Ripalo Cal said...

Basically, they are just protecting the weak guys.


They don't realise that to make the Malays stronger, they have to abolish all kinds of help and when they have no where to rely to, they will work their asses off and really succeed.

Teddy said...

ripalo

u r doing reverse psychology tactic.. i wonder whether it works ? eheheh... thanks for ur opinion though...

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