Post-STPM Dramas

It’s real. Our PM says that the government will be reducing overseas scholarships for students at the undergraduate level and focus instead of the post-graduate level.

Okay, while I have already commented about this earlier, I forgot to add that there is also another annual drama – the post-STPM drama – where students cry foul over university admissions, where top students are unable to secure places in the courses of their choice, and where the same issues crop up again but at a higher level.

So, by phasing out overseas scholarships, our government is now putting pressure on the local universities to absorb these students. I don’t think that it is a bad idea but I think that admissions policies have got to change as well. Just like the scholarship issue, there has to be more transparency with admissions. Furthermore, universities will need to accept all pre-university qualifications and not just limit themselves to the STPM and/or matriculation.

I think that our education system is quite frakked in this respect.

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Shawn Tan

Chip Doctor, Chartered/Professional Engineer, Entrepreneur, Law Graduate.

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