Tip: Pendidikan pra-university = Pre-university education

Sepanjang bulan Julai, kami telah membincangkan pendidikan pra-universiti. Before we close this discussion, here are some tips about pre-university studies:

Firstly, what pre-university programmes are available? Here’s an article by StudyMalaysia comparing some of the pre-university programmes in Malaysia.

Another important question to ask is: what career path should you choose? Claire Tan, an English literature lecturer at Methodist College Kuala Lumpur, shares some thoughts to help you decide.

Setelah memilih jalan kerjaya, bagaimanakah anda boleh mempelbagaikan peluang serta pengalaman dalam bidang tersebut semasa belajar? Bacalah cadangan daripada geneticist dan pengguna Twitter Jimi Hensen (@najmihesnen) di sini.

Lastly, here is some advice from our Q&A interviewees, Connie Foong and Ida Thien from Closing The Gap (see the original Q&A here):

Dialog Pendidikan: What do you wish that students and their families knew about pre-university options?

Connie: We wish students and their families knew that there are more pre-university options apart from STPM and Matrikulasi, such as the IB, A levels, AUSMAT, and so on. Each pre-university programme opens up different opportunities and doors, depending on what the student wishes to pursue or achieve. For example, both STPM and Matrikulasi are affordable options, but STPM is internationally recognised and allows you to apply to almost any university overseas, whereas Matrikulasi would give you fewer overseas options. Also, certain foundation programmes are tied to that particular university only and might be non-transferable.

So students really need to consider their pre-university choices quite carefully. What do you want to get out of it? Can this particular pathway help you achieve your goals at university? You don’t have to know what you want to do right now, but know that certain pre-university programmes might be more limiting and others might open up other opportunities.

Ida: Plan early. We adults tell students to focus only on school for a full 10 years — but the moment they finish Form 5, we expect them to be equipped with the skills and knowledge to figure out what they want to do for the rest of their lives. It doesn’t work like that. Future planning (pre-university, university, career or really any self-development goals) is not something that you can do overnight or even over just 1 workshop — which is why Closing The Gap is deliberately structured as a long term intervention programme.

Beyond just knowing what your options are after SPM, one needs to learn how to reach out to different people (like school counsellors), reflect and self-evaluate to truly understand who you are, what you are capable of and where you want to go after SPM.

A pre-university programme is a ticket to university, but be mindful of the pathways this ticket opens up for you. For example, a lot of private university foundation programmes lock you down to specific pathways within the same university upon completion. This may be great if you are already certain about remaining in the same university and in the same area of studies. However, this may not be ideal if you want to keep your options open after pre-university. Conversely, we have met plenty of STPM students who assume that their options after graduation are restricted to only local public universities. In actual fact, STPM is a very rigorous and affordable qualification accepted worldwide. In such instances, it is worthwhile not to put all your eggs in one basket but cast your options wide.

Finally, please do the necessary due diligence on the course and institution that you are enrolling in. Not all courses or institutions are accredited by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency, which means that your qualification may be unrecognized after graduation. It is advisable to exercise caution as there are private colleges which may be either unaccredited/illegitimate or low in quality.

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