Saturday, March 22, 2008

Education in Malaysia.. what do u think?


Malaysia’s education system initially was adopted from the British as they occupied Malaysia during the Second World War for a time. Over the years, the system has been changed for the better. Now there are actually plans on abolishing 2 examination phases which are Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) in Year Six and the Penilaian Menengah Rendah (PMR) in Form Three.

Basically the Malaysian public school system works like this. A child at the age of 7 is required to enter Primary School which is known as elementary schools in western countries where students start off as Standard 1 that similar to the grading system of western countries.

Primary schools consist of Standards 1 to 6 whereby Standard 6 students would be 12 years old. Standard 6 students are required to take a final examination at the end of their term which is called the UPSR which acts like a grading system which determines their qualification upon entering Secondary Schools .UPSR was introduced on 1988.

Secondary School starts from Form 1 at the age of 13, to Form 5 at the age of 17. Form 3 students are required to take the PMR exam which is like a midway exam to determine which stream they would qualify to enter during Form 4 to Form 5. The streams are Science and Art, with many variants of subjects within those two streams. The government has stated that they aim for a ratio of 60 Science to 40 Arts students. PMR was introduced on 1993.

The subjects in PMR exam include Malay Language ,English ,Mathematics ,Science, Geography ,History ,Living Skills ,Islamic Studies (compulsory for Muslim students but optional for others) ,Arabic Language (optional) ,Chinese language (optional) ,and Tamil language (optional)

Form 5 students would then be required to take the SPM exam which is like the final examination which would be your determining factor to be able to enter universities or colleges of their choice.

These students followed these steps into varsities and they are like programmed to follow what we have determined for them. We are evaluating them on cognitive side that we present them.

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