PETALING JAYA: The Education Ministry is considering proposals on how to improve the matriculation system in the country, including solving the problem of the quota system, says its minister Dr Maszlee Malik (pic).
Highlighting a meeting he had with DAP Youth chief Howard Lee a few weeks ago, Maszlee said he was open to suitable ideas to raise the quality and the education system in Malaysia holistically.
He said during the discussion, Lee gave him five suggestions.
According to Maszlee in a Facebook post, the ministry was looking at implementing measures to address inequality in the matriculation entrance admission, a review of the grading of co-curricular activities under matriculation so that it was on par with STPM, and implementing a syllabus and grading merger of STPM and matriculation by 2020.
He added that they were studying two more proposals by Lee to absorb 15,000 spots for foundation programmes at public universities to be part of matriculation and to consider setting a minimum CGPA for STPM students to be automatically accepted into public universities.
Maszlee said that concrete ideas would encourage more discussions for the good of the people and efforts such as from Lee would help the ministry achieve their best for Malaysian children.
"I would like to thank him for coming forward in a polite way to give his suggestions to help the ministry," he said, adding that Lee displayed political maturity.