Build more matriculation colleges

  • Education
  • Sunday, 04 Sep 2005

I WOULD like to share my opinion on the Higher Education Ministry’s letter “Single exam not the answer” (StarEducation, Aug 28). 

I have faith that both matriculation and Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) are “on par in terms of standards, curriculum and credit hours” and believe that it is good to have students go through different learning processes as they are then able to come up with different approaches to solving problems. This will make our future workforce more resilient in facing challenges.  

If we look at the United Kingdom, it is a country which accepts different qualifications for undergraduate enrolment, e.g. A-levels, International Baccalaureate, relevant diplomas, STPM with proof of English proficiency like TOEFL/IELTS, etc.  

It is also a fact that students who wish to study in the UK are free to choose their route to university. 

However, in Malaysia, qualified students who wish to take the matriculation route to university may be unable to do so due to limited places available. These students have to settle for the STPM.  

Therefore, my suggestion is – build more matriculation colleges and train more matriculation teachers. Then, admit students to whichever pre-university course they choose as long as they satisfy the entry requirements.  

It has been said that matriculation requires better SPM results due to the rigour of completing a similar curriculum in a shorter time compared to the STPM. Allow students who are too weak to follow the course to drop out. Is that not the answer? 


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