Do­ing away with uni­form a good start

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THE Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry should pro­mote and ad­ver­tise Form Six in a more at­trac­tive way to at­tract more stu­dents, said par­ent and ed­u­ca­tion groups.

Sarana Ibu Bapa na­tional coach Amir Sahudi, who is also pres­i­dent of a par­ent-teacher as­so­ci­a­tion here, said the pro­gramme lacked pro­mo­tion.

He said stu­dents and par­ents saw Form Six as a sec­ond-class ed­u­ca­tion that was an op­tion only for those who failed to en­ter col­leges or uni­ver­si­ties.

“There has to be strate­gic plan­ning to see how the pro­gramme can be ad­ver­tised in a pos­i­tive light. Maybe through road­shows, sem­i­nars or invit­ing cur­rent stu­dents to give talks.”

The New Straits Times re­ported yes­ter­day that the min­istry was aim­ing to es­tab­lish at least one Form Six col­lege in each state by 2020.

Amir said this was an at­tain­able goal, but it should be met with the suit­able num­ber of stu­dents or it would be for naught.

“Fewer stu­dents are in­ter­ested in Form Six be­cause of other pos­si­ble path­ways af­ter SPM (Si­jil Pe­la­jaran Malaysia). Schools and col­leges that of­fer Form Six pro­grammes should pro­mote it — con­duct road­shows and en­cour­age stu­dents to come — re­gard­less of their po­ten­tially bad re­sults.”

Amir said the min­istry must take ac­tion to at­tract stu­dents to reg­is­ter for Form Six or else, one day, it would be­come ir­rel­e­vant or be shut down.

Par­ent Ac­tion Group for Ed­u­ca­tion (Page) chair­man Datin Noor Az­imah Ab­dul Rahim said the Si­jil Tinggi Perseko­la­han Malaysia (STPM) should be given pri­or­ity, as it is glob­ally recog­nised.

“Higher-learn­ing in­sti­tu­tions give pri­or­ity to their own in­ter­nally-ex­am­ined non-stan­dard­ised ma­tric­u­la­tion stu­dents, then to those with STPM. This is a dis­in­cen­tive.”

She said trans­for­ma­tion of the pro­gramme by get­ting rid of uni­form re­quire­ments was a good start to make Form Six more at­trac­tive.

“We should as­pire to im­prove the pro­gramme in­stead of re­gress­ing for the sake of con­ve­nience and ex­pe­di­ency. Form Six is the end re­sults of our pri­mary and sec­ondary school sys­tems.”

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