Thursday, September 13, 2012
MANY CHOICES: Rebranding will put it on a par with foundation courses in private institutions
THE Form Six learning structure will undergo a complete revamp to put the pre-university course on a par with foundation courses in private institutions.
The preliminary report of the Malaysia Education Blueprint, released on Tuesday, highlighted an integrated rebranding exercise to reconstruct the image of Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) as well as Sijil Tinggi Agama Malaysia (STAM) by the end of next year.
The effort by the ministry is to boost the popularity of both pre-university options among students by granting greater decision-making rights to schools.
This move allows schools to introduce initiatives to better equip school-leavers with skills to become undergraduates.
This includes relaxing the requirements for Form Six students to wear uniforms, allowing them to form student councils to discuss student welfare and co-curricular activities, and the introduction of modules that require students to undertake independent re-search and work in groups and projects.
The ministry, in its blueprint, said it was committed to ensuring that all students in post-secondary education received qualifications in accordance with international standards.
Currently, students completing Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia have several post-secondary education option choices, such as STPM, STAM, matriculation, foundation programmes or private sector alternatives.
However, among public-sector options, STPM is still recognised by many universities overseas.
The matriculation programme is accepted only for admission into public varsities in the country.
The ministry also ensured that the education system, under the proposed road map, would feature different pathways to cater to many students.
These pathways will be tailored to develop specific skills for each pathway. Each pathway will provide students with a clear route to their chosen profession.
These pathways, said the ministry, would be inclusive and accessible to all students, including those with special needs.