Monday, July 31, 2006

Govt To Secure 'World Recognition' For Matriculation Colleges!!

The government is working on securing recognition from renowned universities of the world for matriculation colleges in the country, Deputy Education Minister Datuk Noh Omar said. He said such recognition would enable students with matriculation qualification to continue with their studies in institutions of higher learning abroad as well.

"We have had discussions with several foreign universities, including in the United Kingdom," he told reporters after launching the Matriculation Co-Curriculum Carnival here last night. He said the government would also hire foreign lecturers to teach in matriculation colleges as part of the ministry's effort to obtain the recognition.

He also said that the government was building three more matriculation colleges under the Ninth Malaysia Plan, in Selangor, Kelantan and Terengganu which did not have such institutions.

**** Firstly try to work on getting the matriculation course 'recognised' within the country. Remember, a chap with STPM qualification can still command respect and expect a reasonable job, while the matriculation holder will find that outside of easy entry to a public uni, his qualification is almost worthless when it comes to applying for a post in the private sector. This is the harsh reality and no amount of pretending otherwise is going to make a difference.

The matriculation course is an exclusive one, not founded upon academics but on the basest of human instincts - racial differentiation. To expect such a discredited course to be accorded any form of recognition from the renowned universities of the world is to insult these seats of higher learning.

There are probably very few instances, if any, of race-discriminating courses such as the matriculation course in existence anywhere in the civilized world. It is anathema to those who pride in being humane, ethical, and reasonable. Therefore be prepared to be disappointed that not one of these top-grade universities is going to accord recognition. Perhaps you should set your sights on some Uni in Addis Ababa, Khartoum or Ouagadougou.


Anonymous Singh said...

Totally agree with you.If the govt is seriously thinking of world recognition why waste resources when there is already 'A' levels or STPM which is equivalent. Or if the idea is to have a local version of SAM matriculation why not have a standard exam for all malaysians.
As for me, having been a product of the malaysian education system 33 years ago where various roadblocks(especially the compulsory BM credit for a grade 1 cert at MCE which cost me to repeat an year)had been erected to lessen the competition, I registered my children for 'A' levels despite knowing that would hinder their qualification in the local Unis. It is better they be able to pursue a course that they like than to be placed in a course thats totally alien. Luckily there are many branches of foreign universities open to them.
Thanks for highlighting this matter.

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