SPM Higher Achievers: What Can Be Done?


Every year, more and more students score straight A’s for their SPM. When I was a student, the highest A’s you could obtain was 11 if I’m not mistaken, but now, it has rose to a ridiculous 16A’s!

Now that the number of high achievers have increased, there is a problem. The government can’t afford to give all of them scholarships, and even better can’t offer them the courses they want. For the government, it must be a headache, because they can only choose a few from so many… but for the students whom can’t get into a university, a scholarship or even the course they want after scoring so many A’s, its just unfair. And before you know it, political parties come up with accusations that there is no fairness in the system.

Won’t be saying much on the quota system practiced, because I feel that the general public knows that there are ‘special exceptions‘ when it comes to these things, and I could get in trouble if I say too much without outstanding proof, but as the Malaysian public perceives, I know you guys know what I mean.

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Now, with so many high achievers, a small budget to spend for their scholarship (public service scholarship) and limited places for their(the students) preferred courses. What can be done?

Currently, the government offers free scholarships and tertiary education to those whom are lucky enough, and if you are not so lucky, you get a course you don’t want.. but still sponsored by the government. Unlucky ones, get left out and get to choose from the long list of private institutions their parents can afford.

With so much at stake, the country is bound to loose bright minds if the government does not deal with this issue appropriately, and some political parties will be quick to use it to gain political mileage. So, what was announced? Well, for starters, our education minister cum Deputy PM said that they will limit SPM usbjects to 10.

This is good, because I personally think that getting over 12A’s is just crazy!! Secondly, I read that the government plans to make selection for the scholarships easier. Well, I could say both are good moves, and do have their advantages, but I do not see this solving the problems arising due to higher high achievers yearly.

So, anyway, I recommend that the government set up a special university for these high achievers. If not, make a special university college. It’s a one off expenditure, but you’d solve this teething problem. No need to offer them scholarships, but instead, bring in the best minds to teach in this university, and these high achieving students enroll in the university for free. Yup.. free.. just like in boarding school, minus the uniform and the school like rules.

The way I see it, the government spends way too much on teaching selected students foreign languages (for preparatory classes to send them abroad), way too much on these students’ scholarships, and way too much to keep on sending them year by year… but at the end of the day see them paying back all the money spent (known as the ‘fine’ for breaching contract), and refusing to serve for Malaysia simply because they are comfortable and earn more in the country they have been studying. It’s a loss of human capital.

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Educating them in the country will not only ensure most of them do stay in Malaysia and increase our ‘great minds’, but also shorten cost and also expenditure because there is no more worries on flight tickets, accommodation and so much more.  All the government needs to do is bring in those ‘brilliant minds’ from other countries, to educate our younger ‘brilliant minds’, and of course prepare the best infrastructure for them. Run the institution like great universities like Harvard or Oxford, and revoke quotas or whatever and make it a truly meritocracy university…

but hell yeah… in Malaysia… it’s never easy to be fair…. blah!! It’s my suggestion though…

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Anyway, check outthe new look of my gallery, and last but not least… Happy Gawai everyone… my house will be closed this year.. .hehehehe…

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