Matriculation vs STPM?
Which is the best?
As far as i know, there are only two ways to enter local universities, they are the Local Matriculation and STPM (Sijil Tinggi Pendidikan Malaysia). Or the other way is the entrance to diploma courses into Local universities directly after SPM.
There are 9 Matriculation Colleges currently all around in Malaysia with 3 more to be introduced next year. The course of Matriculation is one year, from early of may towards ending of april in the following year. College fees are as much as Rm200+, but then the following year accomodation is fully covered with the allowance of Rm1250 per semester to every student. It's a full campus life which required students to stay in.However, STPM takes place in government schools as you know, and students are not required to stay in campus life as STPM is just like the same as form 5 education life in terms of school holidays and you do not stay in the school. The course is 1.5 year.
Both courses are measured by CGPA (Cumulative Grade Point Average) and both of the courses available them to enter Local Universities.The debate over the use of matriculation examinations as entry requirements into local universities as opposed to the Sijil Tinggi Pelajaran Malaysia (STPM) will continue to plague our higher education system unless the government has a transparent report and statistics about current matriculation's students performance mentioned in public.
Although there are two entry examinations – Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) and Matriculation – used for entrance to public universities, both are on par in terms of standards, curriculum and credit hours. It is not true that one is tougher than the other. This is a matter of perception.'
Many people suggested that the key problem is about the level of qualification and toughness of STPM and Matriculation. Many of which saying that STPM course is harder and longer than Matriculation...
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