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Monday, March 28, 2016

Malaysia Education is World-class

by Chan Weng Kit from Ipoh, first posted on The Star Online (Send in your opinion to be featured here)

IF money is not a problem, where would you study medicine – the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (RCSI), Cardiff University in Britain, Trinity College Dublin, or Universiti Malaya (UM)?

I’m sure many would opt for a foreign university. After all, aren’t these universities superior in every conceivable way to our homegrown ones? But hold on for a second.

Malaysia Education is World-class

Looking at academic reputation for medicine and life sciences (QS World University Rankings 2015/2016), UM scored 82.7 while none of the other universities scored above 80. RCSI wasn’t even included in the top 400 of the list. In fact, UM’s score was equal to Singapore’s NTU.

For engineering and technology, the top ranking universities are Yale University, King’s College London, University of Edinburgh, McMaster University and Universiti Malaya.

If you chose Universiti Malaya, you are not only an extremely patriotic individual but, more importantly, you would also be absolutely correct! Referring again to the same QS Rankings, UM (54) is ranked significantly higher than Yale (65), Edinburgh (73), King’s College London (153), Cardiff (176) and McMaster (215).

For added reference, even the world renowned University College London (ranked seventh overall in the world) is barely a whisker above UM at 50th place.

The point I’m trying to drive home here is that, contrary to what many think, Malaysia does indeed possess world-class education.

Last year, Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh came under a lot of flak when he commented that our higher education was on par with developed nations such as the UK, Germany and Australia. Many disagreed, arguing on the following points of contention:

1) International syllabi are far superior to our national curriculum; and

2) Malaysia’s position near the bottom of the Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa) rankings.

For the sake of argument, let us compare a world renowned Pre-U syllabus, the Cambridge International (CIE) A-Levels, with our local equivalent, STPM. Where the syllabus is concerned, STPM trumps A-Levels comprehensively.

For instance, does A-Levels Chemistry require knowledge about phase equilibria? What about the Aufbau principle, Hund’s rule or the Pauli exclusion principle?

In Physics, does the A-Levels syllabus mention Bohr’s postulates? What about phasor diagrams? Gauss’s Law? Law of equipartition of energy?

In Biology, do A-Levels students learn about the chloride shift? What about parturition? Or type I, II and III survivorship curves as well as K-strategies and r-strategies?

For Pure Mathematics, does the A-Levels syllabus cover matrices? Or de Moivre’s Theorem? What about conics or the Mclaurin series? None of these concepts are introduced at all in the A-Levels syllabus, yet STPM students learn every single one of them. Anybody who has done both STPM and CIE A-Levels will know this. So which syllabus is superior now?

Critics will counter by arguing that STPM encourages rote memorisation while the A-Levels necessitate application of knowledge. Having done both before, I know what I am talking about when I say that if anything, the opposite is true.

For instance, STPM Physics requires frequent derivation of formulae, unlike the A-Levels equivalent which generally allows a statement of formulae to be made without any derivation.

Moreover, A-Levels questions have been blatantly repeated over the years with no change whatsoever.

This means that A-Levels students can do tonnes of past year papers, memorise the necessary working and, with a bit of luck, expect to encounter the same type of question in the real exam! I know I did.

Contrast this with the latest STPM Baharu syllabus which came out only in 2012, and you begin to understand how impossible it would be to predict the type of questions coming out. So which syllabus is encouraging factual recall now?

Let’s now consider the Pisa rankings. According to their official website, Pisa is a “triennial international survey which aims to evaluate education systems worldwide by testing the skills and knowledge of 15-year-old students.” The fundamental flaw with this methodology is students in different countries finish compulsory education at different ages.

For instance, UK students generally enter university aged 18 (after A-Levels) while our Malaysian students enter aged 19 (for matriculation and foundation students only) and above (after STPM, A-Levels, IB).

Since we start and complete our secondary education at a later age, our performance at any particular age will always be at a distinct disadvantage compared to countries that finish their secondary education sooner.

Bottom line is society in general will always look at our highest qualifications, not the age at which we attained them. Quality of education should not be assessed on how fast we enter university. Instead, it should be based on the knowledge we have acquired when we actually enter university regardless of age.

Hence, a fairer method to evaluate student performance would be to conduct the same survey on all pre-university students irrespective of their age.

Sadly, until such a test is conducted and the results published, we cannot consider Pisa a reliable gauge for the quality of our education system.

I agree that there is still plenty of room for improvement before we can go toe to toe with the top universities from Britain, the US, Australia, Singapore and Japan. But to dismiss our education system as inferior is gross injustice.

For the final nail in the coffin, I invite all of you to compare the now defunct STPM Further Mathematics syllabus with every Pre-U Further Mathematics syllabus out there, including CIE A-Levels Further Maths, Singapore’s GCE A-Levels H2 Further Maths, IB Higher Level Maths and HKDSE (Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education) Extended Mathematics Modules. If this does not convince you of the quality of our education, nothing ever will.

What saddens me most is that parents are willing to sacrifice their entire life savings for an education overseas which may not even be as good as the one at home. It is high time we wake up. The grass is not always greener on the other side.

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Friday, March 25, 2016

SPM 2017 Tips: How to Tackle KBAT/HOTS Questions

Guest post by Lindy Lim (Share your tips with 50,000+ Malaysian students)

Kemahiran Berfikir Aras Tinggi (KBAT) or Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) has recently formed a reputation of being one of the most feared entities among students sitting for the SPM. You might’ve encountered them before:

Berdasarkan perkembangan teknologi persenjataan masa kini, ramalkan masa depan dunia.” - Sejarah, SPM 2015

Questions like these often strike terror into the hearts of many students, but here are some ways to get around them:

SPM KBAT HOTS Questions
Soalan KBAT sebanyak 40% UPSR dan 50% SPM pada tahun 2016 -  Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia

Practise


Search the net for these questions. Dig them up in books. These days, most of the SPM exercise books in the market incorporate HOTS questions, but in my opinion, it’s not enough. One suggestion for SPM Maths is to look up SAT Math problems. For those who do not know, the SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test) comprises of three sections (Reading & Writing, Math, optional essay) and is a standardised test taken by American students generally to measure college readiness. Here are two examples:

Tickets for a play were $2 for each child and $4 for each adult. At one showing of the play, one adult brought 4 children and the remaining adults brought 2 children each. The total ticket sales from the children and adults was $60. How many children and adults attended the play?” - Khan Academy

Tonya hits a golf ball from an initial height of 10 feet. The height of the golf ball, h, in feet above sea level, t seconds after the ball was hit, can be modelled by a quadratic equation. If the golf ball reaches its maximum height of 74 feet exactly 2 seconds after it has been hit, which of the following equations represents this relationship?” - CollegeBoard mobile app

The questions are definitely not similar to the SPM format, and units may be different (miles, gallons, feet, inches) but they test the same skills. Besides, practising these will reduce your fear of encountering long questions and train you to solve a problem one step at a time. A good resource would be Khan Academy’s SAT prep.

(Plus, students who are aspiring to study in the US get to prep for the SAT at the same time)

Apply


All the facts that you’ve memorised and are ready to regurgitate (only to choke on them when you see a question that isn’t related) can actually be applied in answering KBAT questions. For example, for the question above, think back to all the major events and wars that you’ve studied in Sejarah. Why did a particular power win a particular battle? What would’ve happened if there were no nuclear weapons, and they were not dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki? How much different would Malayan history be if we had better technology and weaponry than the British? The same applies to other humanities subjects like Ekonomi Asas, and even the sciences. That leads us to…

Master the Basics


If you do not have a firm grasp or understanding of the basics for any particular subject, you can’t apply your knowledge effectively. Practise and work on those before attempting any HOTS questions.

Read


It’s common sense, really. Reading newspapers and articles allows you to keep up with current news, which you can reflect on or manipulate, especially for arts and humanities. You don’t even need to read physical newspapers and magazines. Hit up social media sites like Facebook or Twitter and subscribe to pages that cover the daily news, both national and international.

In my opinion, I love the addition of these questions because not only are they fun to try to work out, but they let us apply what we’ve learned instead of blindly solving direct problems. Although, I must admit, a few of them can be rather… ridiculous.

Lindy Lim Li Wen is a post-SPM student who enjoys writing, programming and is currently still ruminating on possible education pathways.


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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Baucar Buku 1Malaysia (BB1M) 2016 Promotions - BORDERS, MPH, Times, POPULAR & BookXcess

Guest post by Alfred Lai (Share your tips with 50,000+ Malaysian students)

Most students undergoing pre-university programmes like Matrikulasi, Form Six, A-Level, Polytechnic, foundation (asasi), diploma or tertiary programmes like undergraduate degree at various universities and colleges or even postgraduates programmes like Master or PhD degrees have already received their Baucar Buku 1Malaysia (BB1M) in March 2016.

Since the annual distribution of 1Malaysia Book Voucher begun in 2012, various bookstores have taken advantage by having special promotions tailored to the use of BB1M. With the increase of BB1M amount from RM200 to RM250 (5 X RM50 book vouchers) in recent years, it is not a coincidence that there are so many book fairs such as POPULAR Bookfair, Big Bad Wolf Book Sale in March and bookstores (national big chain or even small local bookstore) busily promoting their special BB1M promotions. After all, every bookstore wants a slice of the RM300 million allocated in Budget 2016 for BB1M.

Here we list down the Baucar Buku 1Malaysia (BB1M) promotions by the largest chain bookstores in Malaysia:

BORDERS BB1M Book Voucher Promotion

Borders BB1M Book Voucher Promotion
  • Spend RM250 BB1M (Baucar Buku 1 Malaysia) and get FREE RM30 Gift Voucher + BORDERS Card + Exclusive Offer Vouchers
  • Spend RM150 BB1M (Baucar Buku 1 Malaysia) and get FREE RM15 Gift Voucher + BORDERS Card + Exclusive Offer Vouchers
Each exclusive offer vouchers pack includes
  1. BORDERS Thermos Mug promo voucher
  2. Focus Point RM50 discount voucher
  3. Watsons discount voucher
  4. Papa John’s Buy 1 Free 1 voucher
  5. Krispy Kreme meal voucher
  6. RadioShack rebate voucher

MPH Bookstore BB1M Promotion

FREE TOUCH & GO card
  • Spend RM250 and get FREE TOUCH & GO card preloaded with RM50 + Free A4 university notebook. (Touch & Go is accepted in over 1,500 retail outlets.
  • Spend RM200 and get 4 x RM5 Book & Stationery Voucher + Free A4 university notebook.
  • Spend RM150 and get 3 x RM5 Book & Stationery Voucher + Free A5 university notebook.
  • Spend RM100 and get 2 x RM5 Book & Stationery Voucher + Free A5 university notebook.
  • With every RM50 spent (on normal priced items), get RM5 Book & Stationery Voucher

Times Bookstores Baucar Buku 1 Malaysia (BB1M) Promotion

Times Bookstores Baucar Buku 1Malaysia (BB1M) Promotion
  • Spend RM250 BB1M Vouchers on Books and get 5 X FREE RM10 Gift Voucher Plus FREE Times Privilege Card Worth RM20 Plus Purchase with Purchase RM135 (Normal Price: RM169) SONY Powerbank V10A 10,000MAH
  • Spend RM150 BB1M Vouchers on Books and get 2 X FREE RM10 Gift Voucher Plus Purchase with Purchase RM84 (Normal Price: RM105) SONY Powerbank V5A 5,000MAH
  • Spend RM100 BB1M Vouchers on Books and get 1 X FREE RM10 Gift Voucher

POPULAR Bookstore BB1M Promotion

Popular Bookstore 1Malaysia Book Voucher (BB1M) Promotion
  • Free RM50 Gift Voucher & Popular Card when you spend RM250 1Malaysia book voucher
  • Free RM10 Gift Voucher & Popular Card when you spend RM150 1Malaysia book voucher
  • Free RM5 Gift Voucher when you spend RM100 1Malaysia book voucher

BookXcess Baucar Buku 1Malaysia (BB1M) Promotion

BookXcess BB1M Promotion
  • Spend RM250 in BB1M and get 1 FREE BOOK of your choice (worth RM29.90 or less) + FREE 3 years BookXcess membership
  • Spend RM200 in BB1M and get 1 FREE BOOK of your choice (worth RM19.90 or less) + FREE 3 years BookXcess membership
  • Spend RM100 in BB1M and get 1 FREE BOOK of your choice (worth RM9.90 or less) + FREE 3 years BookXcess membership

Do Not Sell Your BB1M Vouchers for Cash

Many smaller bookstores or businesses illegally offer to purchase your BB1M vouchers with cash. For example, they will pay you RM200 in cash to purchase your RM250 BB1M vouchers. After that, they will claim RM250 from the government using the vouchers. In order words, they sell nothing (no physical book or anything) but earn RM50. This seems like a good business for the small bookstores and tempting bargain for students with BB1M book vouchers. However, we just want to remind you that BB1M vouchers should never be used this way, or you might get caught. It happened in previous years if you check the news. In fact, this year the authorities have already started tracking the illegal buying and selling of BB1M book vouchers.

One more thing, remember to use all your 1 Malaysia Book Vouchers by 30 June 2016 (Update: extended to 31 July 2016) before they expire!

Alfred Lai writes for Harga Runtuh, which shares all the latest discount deals, hottest promotion sale, freebies samples and other offers you can't afford to miss!


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Sunday, March 20, 2016

Comment on Cancellation of JPA Scholarships / KPM Bursaries for Overseas Studies

by Nimelesh Max Balanthiren, first posted on his Facebook (Agree or disagree? Send us your opinions to be featured here)

SPM Results Cancellation of JPA Scholarships / KPM Bursaries for Overseas Studies


I’m concerned that there are ministers who are fighting to cut JPA scholarships.

I was one of the students who you said “the government is spending unnecessary money on”.

Let me tell you my life story. I lost my dad at the age of 11. It was never easy. I didn’t have the privileges like my other peers. Clothes? I was thankful to even get a pair of new clothes each year.

I was always the quiet type in school and I rarely mix with anyone. All my spare time is spent on studying.

I’ll never forget the time I asked my mum I wanted to go for a movie, my mum just sat on the ground and started to cry. My mom was working odd jobs and we barely had any money to survive.

Even writing this, brings tears to my eyes..All the hardships…

I was thankful to have my mum, all my close relatives and my teachers to guide me. My mum quit her job and started home tuitions just to guide me with my studies after school.

My school teachers would come to fetch me from my house for tuitions, because I didn’t have any transport.

I’ll never ever forget all your sacrifices and those who have been with me from Day 1.

I still remember the time I got my SPM certificate. My mum was devastated. She didn’t even say any congratulations. Because we can’t afford a B.

After all truthfully, we are a minority. What are the odds of getting into an IPTA. And we definitely don’t have any money to go into private university.

I was blessed to have successfully gotten a JPA scholarship. Without this, I wouldn’t have fulfilled my dreams of becoming a doctor and treating others.

Without going overseas, I wouldn’t have been a DIFFERENT PERSON. The outgoing, “Social Butterfly” I am now. Who knows, I might not even have a degree now if I wasn’t sponsored.

So is the Government really wasting money on sponsoring students?

Please don’t cut scholarships. There are better way to save money. Don’t trim the hopes and dreams of our future generation.

= BY THE WAY THIS POST HAS NO POLITICAL AFFILIATION WHAT SO EVER =
Nimelesh Max Balanthiren (Nemo)


Nimelesh Max Balanthiren (Nemo), according to his public Facebook profile, is a doctor working for the government (under Kementerian Kesihatan Malaysia) and currently living in KL. He studied Medicine at Nizhny Novgorod State Medical Academy in Russia.


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Friday, March 18, 2016

Post-SPM Experiences: Sincere Advices to Students Not Getting Expected SPM Results

Guest post by Stephen Kong Lik Soon (Share your personal experiences with 51,000+ Malaysian students)

After the SPM examinations are over, I am constantly being bothered by a question. “What if?” In the past we hate the teachers in school so much for making us stay in a boring classroom and revise boring lessons. We hate homework, especially when it is given before a long holiday. We crack our minds to figure out some way to trick the teacher to talk with us and forget everything about lessons. However, the moment we handed in our last paper for SPM, suddenly I am struck with this thought, ‘Now that it is all over, what now?’ I never felt this hopeless before, because in the past I always had too much stuff on my mind to think about, like, academics, co-curricular activities and all.

Post-SPM Experiences

After a few months our results came out. Before the actual day we were nervously waiting for the dreaded day to come and it came at last. The moment we received our results slip, I immediately slipped into an abyss of depression, because I did not get the results other expected of me. For days I pondered over my results, wondering what could I have done wrong during the exam, and how was I going to face the world after this. But here are a few tips for all the students who did not get their expected results in SPM.

  • Your SPM results are not everything.

    I mean, sure, a good SPM result slip is like an attractive prize to show off to your friends and family, not to mention nosy relatives, but other than that it is just another piece of paper. Getting bad grades for SPM does not mean you are not good. It simply means that other people do not get our point or opinion. Applying for scholarships are also easier with a good result, but what happens when you get into university? People care less about your results and more about what you can do and what you are capable of. When you get into society to work, people will not ask what you got for your SPM, but rather how good you are at your work. So that is why, SPM results are only means to temporary glory.
     
  • Your parents will be disappointed, but they will know you have tried your best.

    This is a universal truth that some parents might deny. Although our parents express how disappointed they are with our results, deep down inside they still care for us and they know that we have tried our best. I have strict parents myself. When I showed them my results, they said nothing except for “You could have done so much better if you had worked harder.” and “This is the result of you playing too much computer games”. I was heartbroken, no doubt, but I realise the pain is only temporary, because what my parents said might not be the truth. They do appreciate our efforts in trying so hard to succeed during the exam and their words are just another way of saying it. Bear in mind, you are never under-appreciated.
     
  • Not all the geniuses or successful people got where they are now with their SPM result.

    In fact, a lot of them failed to even complete their education process. The famous inventor of light bulbs, Thomas Addison, did not even complete school. Fuelled by nothing but his own imagination and determination he is currently one of the world’s most renowned scientists to revolutionise the world. The inventor of Microsoft is also another good example. He was a college dropout and still managed to work his way up to become one of the world’s richest man. Our future will not be secured just because we got bad grades for SPM. It is just a mere setback intended to test us, to see if we are strong and bold enough to get back up and rise up to the challenge. Do not let the obstacles have the last laugh, because you know you are so much more than that.

Having said these, do not give up your dreams just because of not achieving your dreamed results in SPM. It does not define who you will be in future, because we craft our own path in life. We are the masters of our own destiny. If there is no path for us to take, then we’ll create a new path for ourselves. Live out your life with exceptional colours and never let the world dampen your spirits!

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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Biasiswa MyBrain15 MyMaster Kementerian Pendidikan Tinggi (KPT) Malaysia

Biasiswa MyBrain15 Kementerian Pendidikan Tinggi Malaysia

Tarikh Tutup Permohonan Biasiswa MyBrain15: 30 April 2016, Jam 11.59 Malam
Biasiswa MyBrain15 Kementerian Pendidikan Tinggi Malaysia
Biasiswa MyBrain15 Kementerian Pendidikan Tinggi Malaysia

Biasiswa MyMaster Kementerian Pendidikan Tinggi Malaysia

Biasiswa MyMaster Kementerian Pendidikan Tinggi Malaysia
Biasiswa MyMaster Kementerian Pendidikan Tinggi Malaysia
MyMaster diwujudkan di bawah Rancangan Malaysia Kesepuluh (RMKe-10) menerusi Program MyBrain15 bagi membiayai pengajian di peringkat Ijazah Sarjana. Program ini merupakan feeder kepada MyPhD.

Syarat-syarat Am Permohonan Biasiswa MyMaster

1. Warganegara Malaysia

2. Berumur tidak melebihi 35 tahun pada 1 Januari 2016

3. Pemohon mestilah:
        i. Orang awam yang tidak bekerja dan tidak berpendapatan tetap; atau
        ii. Kakitangan swasta; atau
        iii. Pensyarah IPTS; atau
        iv. Kakitangan kerajaan/badan berkanun/IPTA (kontrak/sambilan/sementara); atau

4. Pemohon yang bekerja di luar negara tidak layak memohon.

5. Pemohon tidak memiliki Ijazah Sarjana atau setaraf semasa memohon MyMaster.

6. Pemohon mestilah memenuhi syarat kelayakan akademik seperti berikut:
        i. Memiliki Ijazah Sarjana Muda atau setaraf yang diiktiraf oleh Kerajaan dengan PNGK 3.00 - 4.00 atau setara; atau
        ii. Berumur sekurang-kurangnya 30 tahun dan mendapatkan Sijil Perakuan Accreditation of Prior Experiantial Learning (APEL) bagi kemasukan ke program Ijazah Sarjana (tahap 7, Kerangka Kelayakan Malaysia) dari Agensi Kelayakan Malaysia (MQA).

7. Memenuhi syarat kemasukan ke IPT dan telah menerima surat tawaran tidak bersyarat daripada IPT atau telah memulakan pengajian di IPT. Pengajian mestilah di peringkat Ijazah Sarjana atau sijil profesional yang setaraf dengan Ijazah Sarjana sahaja.

8. Pemohon tidak menerima pembiayaan lain daripada mana-mana pihak untuk melanjutkan pengajian di peringkat yang sama, kecuali yang dibenarkan sahaja seperti berikut:
        i. Pemohon kategori orang awam yang tidak bekerja dan tidak berpendapatan tetap boleh menerima elaun pembantu penyelidik siswazah atau pinjaman pelajaran daripada penaja lain, dengan syarat ia bukanlah pinjaman boleh ubah atau biasiswa penuh.
        ii. Pemohon kategori kakitangan swasta dan pensyarah IPTS boleh menerima pinjaman pelajaran daripada penaja lain atau pembiayaan tambahan daripada majikan masing-masing, dengan syarat ia bukanlah pinjaman boleh ubah atau biasiswa penuh.
        iii.Pemohon kategori kakitangan kerajaan/badan berkanun/Universiti Awam (kontrak/sambilan/sementara) boleh menerima pinjaman pelajaran daripada penaja lain, dengan syarat ia bukanlah pinjaman boleh ubah atau biasiswa penuh.

9. Mod pengajian yang perlu diikuti oleh pemohon adalah secara sepenuh masa sahaja.

10. Pemohon boleh mengikuti pengajian dalam semua bidang sama ada di Universiti Awam atau IPTS bertaraf Universiti dan Kampus Universiti Luar Negara.

Tempat Pengajian & Kemudahan Elaun Biasiswa MyBrain15 MyMaster

i. Semua Universiti Awam
ii. Semua IPTS bertaraf Universiti dan Kampus Universiti Luar Negara Sila klik di sini untuk mengetahui senarai IPT berkenaan. (PINDAAN SENARAI IPT)
iii.Kemudahan & Elaun
(a) Kemudahan dan elaun yang layak dibayar kepada pemohon yang berjaya adalah seperti berikut:
KATEGORI YURAN PENGAJIAN ELAUN BANTUAN TESIS
M1 : Penyelidikan Tidak melebihi RM10,000 Tidak melebihi RM3,000
M2 : Campuran (Kerja Kursus dan Tesis) Tidak melebihi RM10,000 Tidak melebihi RM1,500
M3 : Kerja Kursus Tidak melebihi RM10,000 Tiada
Nota:
        a. Yuran pengajian tidak melebihi RM10,000 untuk keseluruhan tempoh pembiayaan yang diluluskan. Yuran pengajian yang dibiayai tidak termasuk deposit, wang hemat diri dan yuran penginapan.
        b. Tempoh pembiayaan dikira bermula pada semester semasa bagi pelajar yang sedang mengikuti pengajian atau mengikut surat tawaran IPT bagi yang belum memulakan pengajian.
        c. Elaun Bantuan Tesis dibayar sekali sahaja sepanjang tempoh pengajian dan tertakluk kepada siling yuran pengajian yang masih berbaki.
(b) Pembayaran yuran pengajian akan dibuat terus kepada Bendahari IPT berdasarkan invois yang diterima.

Ikatan Perjanjian dengan Kerajaan Biasiswa MyBrain15 MyMaster

1. Pelajar akan dikenakan ikatan Perjanjian dengan Kerajaan bersama seorang penjamin. Walau bagaimanapun, tiada ikatan Perjanjian untuk berkhidmat dengan mana-mana pihak selepas tamat pengajian.

2. Perjanjian boleh ditamatkan dan tuntutan ganti rugi boleh dikenakan terhadap pelajar sekiranya:
        i. Pelajar menarik diri atau menangguh pengajian tanpa kebenaran;
        ii. Pelajar diberhentikan pengajian oleh IPT kerana masalah disiplin, kelemahan akademik atau sebab-sebab lain yang telah ditetapkan di bawah peraturan IPT berkenaan; atau
        iii.• Pelajar gagal dalam pengajian

Permohonan Biasiswa MyBrain15 MyMaster

1. Permohonan perlu dibuat secara atas talian (online) melalui laman web MyBrain15 https://biasiswa.mohe.gov.my/MyBrain15

2. Permohonan perlu dibuat secara atas talian sepenuhnya dengan klik menu LOG MASUK di atas, dan mendaftar sebagai pengguna sistem. Permohonan secara manual tidak akan diproses.

3. Pemohon hendaklah memastikan rancangan penyelidikan (proposal) telah dipersetujui dan disahkan oleh penyelia. Pengesahan perlu dibuat pada muka surat pertama rancangan penyelidikan tersebut. Sila rujuk Lampiran A untuk panduan penyediaan.

4. Pemohon dikehendaki mencetak, mengisi dan memuat naik Borang Pengesahan Maklumat Pemohon melalui permohonan ini.

5. Semua dokumen sokongan yang disertakan perlu diimbas (scan) dari dokumen asal dan disimpan dalam format imej (JPEG) atau PDF dan perlu dimuatnaik (upload) dalam sistem permohonan atas talian ini. Dokumen yang diambil(capture) menggunakan kamera tidak akan diterima.
        Klik sini untuk panduan mengimbas dokumen sokongan.
        Klik sini untuk panduan menukar format dokumen softcopy ke format PDF.

6. Jika tiada dokumen asal, pelajar boleh mengimbas dari dokumen salinan photostat tetapi dokumen tersebut perlu diakui sah oleh pegawai Kerajaan / badan berkanun dari Kumpulan Pengurusan dan Profesional (Gred 41 dan ke atas) / Penggawa / Ketua Kampung / Ketua Masyarakat.

7. Dokumen sokongan yang perlu dimuatnaik adalah seperti berikut:
BIL DOKUMEN FORMAT SAIZ DOKUMEN
1 Salinan kad pengenalan pemohon (depan dan belakang) PDF 280KB
2 Rancangan penyelidikan (proposal) yang disahkan oleh penyelia (muatturun format di Lampiran A
(Pemohon yang mengikuti pengajian secara Mod Penyelidikan sahaja)
PDF 300KB
3 Salinan transkrip akademik di peringkat Ijazah Sarjana PDF 400KB
4 Salinan surat tawaran kemasukan ke IPT, dan pindaan surat tawaran (jika berkenaan). PDF 200KB
5 Borang Pengesahan Maklumat Pemohon PDF 400KB

8. Pemilihan calon akan dibuat berdasarkan penilaian oleh suatu Jawatankuasa yang dilantik oleh Kementerian Pendidikan Tinggi yang bermesyuarat secara berkala.

9. Keputusan permohonan akan dimaklumkan kepada pemohon melalui emel dan sms dalam tempoh 7 hari selepas keputusan Jawatankuasa dan pemohon perlu mencetak surat tawaran secara atas talian.

10. Jika berjaya, pemohon dikehendaki mengemukakan semua dokumen seperti yang dinyatakan dalam Senarai Semak Dokumen Tawaran MyBrain15 ke Bahagian Biasiswa, KPT dalam tempoh 14 hari dari tarikh surat tawaran program. Kegagalan pelajar untuk berbuat demikian boleh menyebabkan kelulusan yang diberikan ditarik balik dan terbatal.

11. Pelajar juga bertanggungjawab untuk memberikan sesalinan surat tawaran program kepada pihak Bendahari dan Sekolah Pengajian Siswazah IPT serta memastikan invois yuran pengajian bagi setiap semester dihantar ke Bahagian Biasiswa, KPT.

Maklumat Lanjut Permohonan Biasiswa MyBrain15 MyMaster

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Alamat : Bahagian Biasiswa Kementerian Pendidikan Tinggi Aras 2, No. 2, Menara 2, Jalan P5/6 Presint 5 Kompleks Kerajaan Persekutuan 62200 PUTRAJAYA
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Biasiswa MyBrain15 MyPhD Kementerian Pendidikan Tinggi (KPT) Malaysia

Biasiswa MyBrain15 Kementerian Pendidikan Tinggi Malaysia

Tarikh Tutup Permohonan Biasiswa MyBrain15: 30 April 2016, Jam 11.59 Malam
Biasiswa MyBrain15 Kementerian Pendidikan Tinggi Malaysia
Biasiswa MyBrain15 Kementerian Pendidikan Tinggi Malaysia

Biasiswa MyPhD Kementerian Pendidikan Tinggi Malaysia

Biasiswa MyPhD Kementerian Pendidikan Tinggi Malaysia
Biasiswa MyPhD Kementerian Pendidikan Tinggi Malaysia
MyPhD merupakan salah satu Program MyBrain15 yang menyediakan pembiayaan pengajian di peringkat Ijazah Kedoktoran untuk mencapai sasaran 60,000 pemegang PhD dari kalangan rakyat Malaysia menjelang tahun 2023.

Syarat-syarat Am Permohonan Biasiswa MyPhD

1. Warganegara Malaysia

2. Berumur tidak melebihi 35 tahun pada 1 Januari 2016

3. Pemohon mestilah:
        i. Orang awam yang tidak bekerja dan tidak berpendapatan tetap; atau
        ii. Kakitangan swasta; atau
        iii. Pensyarah IPTS; atau
        iv. Kakitangan kerajaan/badan berkanun/IPTA (kontrak/sambilan/sementara); atau

4. Pemohon yang bekerja di luar negara tidak layak memohon.

5. Pemohon tidak memiliki Ijazah Sarjana Kedoktoran atau setaraf semasa memohon MyPhD.

6. Pemohon mestilah memenuhi syarat kelayakan akademik seperti berikut:
        i. Memiliki Ijazah Sarjana atau setaraf yang diiktiraf oleh Kerajaan dengan PNGK 3.00 - 4.00 atau setara;

7. Memenuhi syarat kemasukan ke IPT dan telah menerima surat tawaran tidak bersyarat daripada IPT atau telah memulakan pengajian di IPT. Pengajian mestilah di peringkat Ijazah Kedoktoran atau sijil profesional yang setaraf dengan Ijazah Kedoktoran sahaja.

8. Pemohon tidak menerima pembiayaan lain daripada mana-mana pihak untuk melanjutkan pengajian di peringkat yang sama, kecuali yang dibenarkan sahaja seperti berikut:
        i. Pemohon kategori orang awam yang tidak bekerja dan tidak berpendapatan tetap boleh menerima elaun pembantu penyelidik siswazah atau pinjaman pelajaran daripada penaja lain, dengan syarat ia bukanlah pinjaman boleh ubah atau biasiswa penuh.
        ii. Pemohon kategori kakitangan swasta dan pensyarah IPTS boleh menerima pinjaman pelajaran daripada penaja lain atau pembiayaan tambahan daripada majikan masing-masing, dengan syarat ia bukanlah pinjaman boleh ubah atau biasiswa penuh.
        iii.Pemohon kategori kakitangan kerajaan/badan berkanun/Universiti Awam (kontrak/sambilan/sementara) boleh menerima pinjaman pelajaran daripada penaja lain, dengan syarat ia bukanlah pinjaman boleh ubah atau biasiswa penuh.

9. Mod pengajian yang perlu diikuti oleh pemohon adalah secara sepenuh masa sahaja.

10. Pemohon boleh mengikuti pengajian dalam semua bidang sama ada di Universiti Awam atau IPTS bertaraf Universiti dan Kampus Universiti Luar Negara.

Tempat Pengajian & Kemudahan Elaun Biasiswa MyBrain15 MyPhD

i. Semua Universiti Awam
ii. Semua IPTS bertaraf Universiti dan Kampus Universiti Luar Negara Sila klik di sini untuk mengetahui senarai IPT berkenaan. (PINDAAN SENARAI IPT)
iii.Kemudahan & Elaun
(a) Kemudahan dan elaun yang layak dibayar kepada pemohon yang berjaya adalah seperti berikut:
KATEGORI YURAN PENGAJIAN ELAUN SARA HIDUP ELAUN BANTUAN TESIS ELAUN BANTUAN JURNAL
P1 : Orang awam tidak bekerja dan tidak berdapatan tetap Tidak melebihi RM24,000 RM1,800 sebulan Tidak melebihi RM3,000 Tidak melebihi RM2,000
P2 : Kakitangan Swasta Tidak melebihi RM24,000 Tiada Tidak melebihi RM3,000 Tidak melebihi RM2,000
P3 : Pensyarah IPTS Tidak melebihi RM24,000 Tiada Tidak melebihi RM3,000 Tidak melebihi RM2,000
P4 : Kakitangan kerajaan / badan berkanun / IPTA (kontrak/sambilan/sementara) Tidak melebihi RM24,000 Tiada Tidak melebihi RM3,000 Tidak melebihi RM2,000
Nota:
        a. Yuran pengajian tidak melebihi RM24,000 untuk keseluruhan tempoh pembiayaan yang diluluskan. Yuran pengajian yang dibiayai tidak termasuk deposit, wang hemat diri dan yuran penginapan.
        b. Tempoh pembiayaan dikira bermula pada semester semasa bagi pelajar yang sedang mengikuti pengajian atau mengikut surat tawaran IPT bagi yang belum memulakan pengajian.
        c. Elaun Bantuan Tesis dan Elaun Bantuan Jurnal dibayar sekali sahaja sepanjang tempoh pengajian dan tertakluk kepada siling yuran pengajian yang masih berbaki.
(b)Pembayaran yuran pengajian akan dibuat terus kepada Bendahari IPT berdasarkan invois yang diterima. Manakala elaun sara hidup akan dibayar ke akaun pelajar yang berkaitan.

Ikatan Perjanjian dengan Kerajaan Biasiswa MyBrain15 MyPhD

1. Pelajar akan dikenakan ikatan Perjanjian dengan Kerajaan bersama seorang penjamin dan pelajar perlu berkhidmat di Malaysia atau mana-mana organisasi yang mempunyai kepentingan kepada Malaysia selama lima (5) tahun.

2. Pelajar yang melanggar Perjanjian seperti berhenti atau ditamatkan pengajian oleh pihak IPT atau gagal dalam pengajian atau berhijrah ke negara lain dalam tempoh perjanjian akan dikenakan tindakan bayar balik atau ganti rugi.

Permohonan Biasiswa MyBrain15 MyPhD

1. Permohonan perlu dibuat secara atas talian (online) melalui laman web MyBrain15 https://biasiswa.mohe.gov.my/MyBrain15

2. Permohonan perlu dibuat secara atas talian sepenuhnya dengan klik menu LOG MASUK di atas, dan mendaftar sebagai pengguna sistem. Permohonan secara manual tidak akan diproses.

3. Pemohon hendaklah memastikan rancangan penyelidikan (proposal) telah dipersetujui dan disahkan oleh penyelia. Pengesahan perlu dibuat pada muka surat pertama rancangan penyelidikan tersebut. Sila rujuk Lampiran A untuk panduan penyediaan.

4. Pemohon dikehendaki mencetak, mengisi dan memuat naik Borang Pengesahan Maklumat Pemohon melalui permohonan ini.

5. Semua dokumen sokongan yang disertakan perlu diimbas (scan) dari dokumen asal dan disimpan dalam format imej (JPEG) atau PDF dan perlu dimuatnaik (upload) dalam sistem permohonan atas talian ini. Dokumen yang diambil(capture) menggunakan kamera tidak akan diterima.

6. Jika tiada dokumen asal, pelajar boleh mengimbas dari dokumen salinan photostat tetapi dokumen tersebut perlu diakui sah oleh pegawai Kerajaan / badan berkanun dari Kumpulan Pengurusan dan Profesional (Gred 41 dan ke atas) / Penggawa / Ketua Kampung / Ketua Masyarakat.

7. Dokumen sokongan yang perlu dimuatnaik adalah seperti berikut:
BIL DOKUMEN FORMAT SAIZ DOKUMEN
1 Salinan kad pengenalan pemohon (depan dan belakang) PDF 280KB
2 Rancangan penyelidikan (proposal) yang disahkan oleh penyelia (muatturun format di Lampiran A
(Pemohon yang mengikuti pengajian secara Mod Penyelidikan sahaja)
PDF 300KB
3 Salinan transkrip akademik di peringkat Ijazah Sarjana PDF 400KB
4 Salinan surat tawaran kemasukan ke IPT, dan pindaan surat tawaran (jika berkenaan). PDF 200KB
5 Borang Pengesahan Maklumat Pemohon PDF 400KB

8. Pemilihan calon akan dibuat berdasarkan penilaian oleh suatu Jawatankuasa yang dilantik oleh Kementerian Pendidikan Tinggi yang bermesyuarat secara berkala.

9. Keputusan permohonan akan dimaklumkan kepada pemohon melalui emel dan sms dalam tempoh 7 hari selepas keputusan Jawatankuasa dan pemohon perlu mencetak surat tawaran secara atas talian.

10. Jika berjaya, pemohon dikehendaki mengemukakan semua dokumen seperti yang dinyatakan dalam Senarai Semak Dokumen Tawaran MyBrain15 ke Bahagian Biasiswa, KPT dalam tempoh 14 hari dari tarikh surat tawaran program. Kegagalan pelajar untuk berbuat demikian boleh menyebabkan kelulusan yang diberikan ditarik balik dan terbatal.

11. Pelajar juga bertanggungjawab untuk memberikan sesalinan surat tawaran program kepada pihak Bendahari dan Sekolah Pengajian Siswazah IPT serta memastikan invois yuran pengajian bagi setiap semester dihantar ke Bahagian Biasiswa, KPT.

Maklumat Lanjut Permohonan Biasiswa MyBrain15 MyPhD

Soalan-soalan lazim permohonan Biasiswa MyBrain15 MyMaster [pdf]

Alamat : Bahagian Biasiswa Kementerian Pendidikan Tinggi Aras 2, No. 2, Menara 2, Jalan P5/6 Presint 5 Kompleks Kerajaan Persekutuan 62200 PUTRAJAYA
(u.p : Unit MyBrain15)

Hotline : 03-8888 1616 | Klik di sini Direktori Bahagian Biasiswa
Email : mb15@mohe.gov.my
URL : http://www.mohe.gov.my
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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

SPM straight A's - what are the sacrifices?

by Joshua, a straight A SPM scorer who likes to write during his free time. (Share your education experiences with 50,000+ students in Malaysia!)

Acquiring a bundle of straight A’s was definitely every SPM student’s dream alongside their parents’. However, we must be willing to perform sacrifices from our other aspects of life in order to do so. Sometimes, we might even have to give up doing things that we like in order to creep closer to our goal by doing things which are productive, specifically studying our hearts out. In no means of bragging, as a straight A student, I can tell you that I did not see that I’ve achieved much in life after the final day of the SPM examination as most of my time is spent into books; doing revisions, exercises, memorizing facts, etc. I realized that I missed out so much on life prior studying for my SPM.

SPM straight A - what are the sacrifices?

After six lazy months of my Form Four year, I’d became enlightened to study in a “serious” manner. I thought it was time to start because early preparation never hurts… right? Unfortunately it was also signaling the start of my torment as this little “quest” of getting A’s in SPM began.

1. Giving up hobbies and general interests


As I started my “serious” study, I gave up my habits of exercising, and learning martial arts. So, for one and a half years I did not touch any track shoes or put on any boxing gloves. As a direct result, I got chubbier and gained some weight alongside a “one pack” ^_^ . Aside from that, I gave up on many plans I have in the future like parkour, learning to play the piano and guitar, and swimming.

2. Lacking sleep


Like reading a storybook, once you find it interesting, you’ll also find it addicting to read. The same thing goes for studying when we really need to read carefully and understand the smallest details to get the big picture. And when I did, I do exercises (not the physical, the books ^_^) excitingly and addictively until I most of the time, lose track of time. So I might begin studying at 10PM thinking to do some revisions before going to bed and realize it was 1AM or 2AM without having the intention of studying that long. Eventually it became a habit and I lost my sleep hours quite frequently and be sleepy at school especially during classes and became completely stressed out. Eventually I even have trouble sleeping and have my eyes wide opened till daylight shines.

3. Neglecting family and friends.


I realized in the period I’m “seriously” studying for my SPM, I’m also seriously neglecting my friends and family. I stopped going out for fun activities with my family, even for trips which they claim calms me down from studying although it will not. At school, I did not spend much time socializing with friends and brush up my poor social skills which I thought was not useful for the simple and narrow minded reason I do not wish to be a businessmen. But good social skills goes a long way than becoming a businessmen. So now, I lack friends I might say, lol.

4. Developing good relationships


High school should be a place we socialize and create everlasting friendships, bonds and etc. while at the same time study. I put the weightage too much on studying that I miss out chances of getting to know the girls of my interest a little better. I do not find this necessary but I think I lack a love life somehow lol.

5. Abusing my personal needs and emotions.


As I study and lose track of time, I will also sometimes skip meals. Very unhealthy habit as I might develop gastric. Additionally, when I do eat I opt for quick unbalanced meals in the vicinity like the my school canteen’s oily fried noodles, bland fried rice, nasi lemak or fast foods like Domino’s Pizza or McDonalds’s for the simple fact that I do not need time preparing my food, “wasting” my precious time in the process. I, at that time would rather spend my time studying as I get one step closer to my goal.

I write this article in no means to discourage you in studying and getting straight A’s. Getting straight A’s can be easy and sacrifice-free if you are able to balance all the important aspects in your life wisely while putting a load of efforts studying, or you can be a genius and not study and get straight A’s in your SPM. Just kidding but anyway, genius or not good luck for your SPM!

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Sunday, March 13, 2016

Handy Essay Writing Tips for ESL Students

Guest post by Annie Horowitz (Share your tips with 50,000+ Malaysian students)

The challenge of writing an academic essay for non-native speakers is always an overwhelming task especially if you do not possess a good command of the English language. Anyway, as you proceed with your studies, this outline of basic principles and tips will help you succeed in writing a quality academic essay.

Handy Essay Writing Tips for ESL Students

Keep in mind the structure


A good English essay must be logical and consistent. Start with a powerful, catchy thesis and reveal your story step by step, guiding a reader along your arguments to the conclusion.

Introduction paragraph (approximately 5-7 short sentences) should begin with a strong thesis statement. Think over your topic and try to come up with an attention-grabbing assertion, which would work as a trigger for your reader's mind. You may agree or disagree with the point given in essay topic, you may object or support someone's saying etc. Your task is to make your way of elaborating the essay clear for the reader. You may also include some additional information regarding the subject of your essay to give your readers some background of the stated problem.

Body paragraphs (usually 3; 5-9 sentences each). In this part, present the proof for your opinion or facts to back up your thesis argument. In a light and persuasive manner, you should explain to your readers the credibility of your ideas. The golden rule of convincing writing – put the strongest arguments in the beginning and at the end of the paragraph (where are the points of reader's attention).

Conclusion paragraph should be brief, coherent and contain the total sum of all the main ideas mentioned throughout your essay. Use such phrases as “To conclude,...”, “To sum up,...”, “In conclusion,...”, “Finally,...”, “In a nutshell,...”.

Work on your language


The main pitfall of many ESL students is their active vocabulary. You should remember that English essay is not only a task to explain your opinion or show what kind of person you are, but also a way to demonstrate your skills of writing in foreign (English) language.

Prepare beforehand some interesting collocations from C1-C2 level to insert in your essay (phrases like “It is a contentious/controversial/disputable issue”, “This question bears tremendous importance”, “A sensible resolution of this problem/issue/task”, “To rise to a challenge”, “This is an incontrovertible proof” etc). Such expressions will fit almost any topic you might be given and be a good example of advanced language knowledge.

Also, do not forget to use “fillers” for textual cohesiveness to link sentences. You may refer to such cliches as “In addition,”, “Moreover,”, “On the one hand,”, “On the other hand,”, “Consequently,”, “As a result,”, “Therefore,”, “Despite”, “In spite of”, “Anyway,”, “To conclude”, “In conclusion,”, “To make a long story short,” etc.

Use strong verbs! (BUT! Use them in an appropriate context). For example, you may replace a verb “to start” with “to initiate, commence, launch, embark, trigger”; “to think” with “to reckon, suppose, consider, regard” and “to finish” with “to complete, terminate, accomplish, finalize”.

Avoid such simple words as “good, bad, some, say, really, as, a lot, sort of, just, like”. Come up with substitutions for them.

Revise verbs which are followed either by infinitive or gerund!

Recommended: 10 Simple Ways to Improve Your English

Watch the mistakes


Check all the unknown and “suspicious” words with the dictionary – in the essay, you should avoid using words, meanings of which you doubt. Read more English sources to get to know how words combine and act in the sentences.

Your essay must be clear, comprehensible and show your real skills in English writing. Pay attention to the grammar. Use online applications and grammar check services to proofread your writing and correct grammar and spelling mistakes. If you made a grammatical mistake, revise the rule and learn what you wrote wrong.

Get creative!


Read academic articles, thus, you will enrich your vocabulary. Also, you will get more facts and information about general subjects. This way you become more knowledgeable about things, new strategies of anything etc.

Read topic-related essays on the Internet, analyze them, make some corrections if necessary. Be critical. Do the same with your own essay. When you complete your writing, re-read it and find ways to improve it, correct spelling and syntactic mistakes.

Practice makes perfect! Improvisation is good, but it also might cost you pretty much if failed. Don't rely on your spontaneous thinking, practice writing essays on diverse topics at home. Try to connect your writing practice with some common topics such as governmental policies, environment protection, relationship, healthcare system, education, tourism, money, art, technology.

This way, you will come up with your personal point of view and ideas that you could use later at college. Also, since essay writing task is usually limited of time, having prepared ideas will allow you focus on writing itself rather than trying to cope writer's block at class.

Annie Horowitz is Chicago-based MA student majoring in journalism and social studies. She is a freelance blogger and currently writes for Papersowl.com


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Saturday, March 05, 2016

Official Introduction to Form Six Programme / STPM

Pengenalan Rasmi Tingkatan Enam / STPM
Background

Form Six has been operating in government aided secondary schools for more than 50 years.

Students who have completed upper secondary education and SPM Examination are eligible to do Form Six, if they meet the general and specific terms for the respective streams for 3 terms. There are two streams offered in Form Six education which are Social Science and Science.

Entry Requirements

The general requirement for entry into Form Six is pass SPM examination with credit in Bahasa Malaysia. For students to qualify entry into the Social Science stream, the number of units for three best subjects must not exceed 12, as for entry into the Science stream, this number must not exceed 18 units while for entry into Religious Studies, it must not exceeding 14 units.

All applications can be made online and candidates who do not get an offer can appeal to the respective State Education Departments.

Goal

Form Six is the educational pathway for SPM school leavers to develop talent and creativity so that they become a generation which will have a high impact within the country as well as, globally: A generation that would bring prosperity to the country besides attaining capabilities of international standards.

Objectives

The objectives of Form Six are:
  1. to improve the quality of education
  2. to introduce term-based education system
  3. to provide an education system equivalent to that of other pre-university programmes
  4. to ensure that the STPM (Malaysian Higher School Certificate) leavers are marketable
  5. to inculcate leadership qualities in order to meet the national aspirations in terms of unity, patriotism and pride
Rebranding of Form Six

The rebranding of Form Six is one of the initiatives in the Education Development Plan (Malaysia Education Blueprint) 2013-2025 of the Ministry of Education (MOE) which intends to:
  1. improve Form Six education through image enhancement by providing a system and quality of education similar to other courses such as Matriculation or Foundation in Science which are the main pre-university courses available for SPM leavers
  2. change the perception of the society towards Form Six education
  3. develop and instil leadership qualities among Form Six students
Five main focuses in the rebranding of Form Six are
  1. Image and Paradigm Shift
  2. Info structure and Infrastructure
  3. Management and Administration
  4. Teaching and Learning Modes
  5. Curriculum
Form Six centres are divided into three Modes:

MODE 1 :  Schools with at least 12 classes of Form Six students only and the students are taught  specifically by Form Six teachers who are appointed by MOE.

MODE 2 :  Schools with at least 12 classes of Form Six operating as part of the mainstream schools having their own block of classes or buildings. MODE 2 centres are under the administration of the mainstream Principal and the Form Six Administrative Assistant.

MODE 3:  Schools with less than 12 classes or are located in the rural area, with no hostel facilities of public transportation and operate within the mainstream schools.

Form Six Curriculum

The implementation of the new assessment system of STPM began with the 2012 session after the Cabinet Meeting on 4 January 2012 approved of its implementation.

A total of 22 subjects were offered in the new assessment system of STPM.  However, the students could only select four or five subjects, including Pengajian Am which is a compulsory subject. MUET is also a compulsory subject for all STPM students.

No.

Code

Subject

1.

900

Pengajian Am

2.

910

Bahasa Melayu

3.

911

Bahasa Cina

4.

912

Bahasa Tamil

5.

913

Bahasa Arab

6.

920

Literature in English

7.

922

Kesusasteraan Melayu Komunikatif

8.

930

Syariah

9.

931

Usuluddin

10.

940

Sejarah 

11.

942

Geografi 

12.

944

Ekonomi

13.

946

Pengajian Perniagaan

14.

948

Perakaunan

15.

950

Mathematics (M)

16

954

Mathematics (T)

17.

958

Information and Communications Technology

18.

960

Physics

No.

Code

Subject

19.

962

Chemistry

20.

964

Biology

21.

966

Sains Sukan

22.

970

Seni Visual

The three main skills integrated in the Form Six education are cognitive, manipulative and soft skills.

Co- curricular Activities

It is compulsory for all Form Six students to be involved in the co-curricular activities. 10% of the marks awarded will be based on the two highest marks obtained in the following areas:
a. Clubs/societies
b. Sports/games
c. Uniform bodies

Duration of Study
a. Term 1 : May to November
  • 26 weeks including :
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Coursework (for certain subjects)
  • Term 1 Examination (P1)
b. Term 2: January to May
  • 20 weeks including :
  • Learning and Teaching
  • Coursework (for certain subjects)
  • Term 2 Examination (P2)
c. Term 3 : May to November
  • 26 weeks including :
  • Learning and Teaching
  • Coursework (for certain subjects)
  • Term 3 Examination (P3), Repeat Examination 1 (U1), and Repeat Examination 2 (U2)
Contents of the curriculum are divided into 3 sections according to grouping of topics or according to the suitability of the respective fields of study to accommodate the three terms namely, P1, P2 and P3 for a duration of the 1 ½ years course.

Assessment

Assessment is conducted through term end centralised examination (weightage 60% - 80%) and coursework (weightage 20% - 40%). The percentage of weightage differs according to subject.

Students must sit for the term end centralised examinations P1, P2 and P3. Students are also required to do coursework. Students will receive their examination results every term. They can improve their P1 and P2 results by sitting for U1 and/or U2 examinations. Students must also complete the coursework. The assessment and examination results of the students are based on the results they obtained in all three terms. The overall STPM examination results are the best cumulative results of the 3 terms as follows:

Best Result [(P1 or U1) + (P2 or U2) +P3 + coursework]

Fees

Examination fees for four or/and five subjects are waived for all government schools and government aided school candidates with the exception of private school candidates and private candidates.

Fees  component

 

Cost ( RM)

Basic fees

 

120.00

Fees for each subject

 

90.00

Charges per paper to re-sit term end repeat examinations

 

50.00



GRADING IN STPM

 

Paper Grade

(According to

terms  )

 

Subject Grade (Cumulative)

 

 

Subject Grade Point

(SGP)

 

STATUS

A

A

4.00

Full Pass

 A-

 A-

3.67

Full Pass

  B+

  B+

3.33

Full Pass

B

B

3.00

Full Pass

 B-

 B-

2.67

Full Pass

  C+

  C+

2.33

Full Pass

C

C

2.00

Full Pass

 C-

 C-

1.67

Partial Pass

  D+

  D+

1.33

Partial Pass

D

D

1.00

Partial Pass

F

F

0.00

Fail



Recognition

The STPM certificate is recognised by the Government of Malaysia, Department of Civil Service (JPA) and Cambridge Assessment, England.

Students who have obtained excellent results in the STPM examination and co-curriculum are qualified to apply to further their education in local and overseas institutions of higher learning.

The STPM certificate is also recognised by the JPA for STPM leavers to assume posts in the government services.

Source: Bahagian Penguruan Sekolah Harian, Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia

Recommended Reading:
Syarat Kemasukan Ke Tingkatan Enam Tahun
Soalan-Soalan Lazim Kemasukan Murid Ke Tingkatan Enam


► Read more on Official Introduction to Form Six Programme / STPM

Soalan-Soalan Lazim Kemasukan Murid Ke Tingkatan Enam

Soalan-Soalan Lazim Kemasukan Murid Ke Tingkatan Enam

1. Adakah perlu memohon untuk masuk ke Tingkatan Enam Bawah selepas keputusan SPM diumumkan?

Tidak perlu. Lepasan SPM yang layak dan mencukupi syarat ke Tingkatan Enam akan ditawarkan secara automatik. Semakan boleh dilakukan melalui laman web KPM dalam tempoh 30 hari bekerja selepas keputusan SPM diumumkan.

2. Bagaimana untuk mendapatkan Surat Tawaran Kemasukan ke Tingkatan Enam bagi tujuan pendaftaran masuk?

Surat tawaran boleh dimuat turun dan dicetak di halaman laman web KPM yang dipaparkan. Semua maklumat tawaran termasuk sekolah yang ditempatkan serta makluman yang perlu diberi perhatian akan dinyatakan dalam laman web dan surat tawaran yang dimuat turun.

3. Apakah syarat-syarat kelayakan masuk ke Tingkatan Enam?
4. Bagaimana mengira nilai wajaran unit mata kognat untuk kiraan bagi kemasukan ke Tingkatan Enam?

Wajaran Mata Gred Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia
Nilai Gred Purata Keseluruhan (GPK) SPM
Rujuk jadual ini untuk mengira nilai wajaran unit mata kognat Gred SPM 2015 untuk kiraan bagi kemasukan ke Tingkatan Enam 2016

5. Sekiranya ingin menukar jurusan yang ditawarkan. Bagaimanakah caranya?

Calon yang layak dikehendaki mendaftar di sekolah yang ditawarkan terlebih dahulu. Kemudian , lengkapkan Borang Permohonan Rayuan Tukar Jurusan Tingkatan Enam (T6BRTJ) di sekolah tersebut - dapatkan pengesahan Pengetua. Pastikan alasan yang diberikan untuk bertukar jurusan adalah kukuh dan boleh diterima oleh Panel Jawatankuasa Rayuan. Alasan 'Tidak Berminat' dan seumpamanya tidak diterima. Hantar borang T6BRTJ yang telah lengkap ke Jabatan Pendidikan Negeri melalui sekolah masing-masing. Patuhi tarikh tutup yang ditetapkan bagi penghantaran dokumen. Permohonan yang layak dipertimbangkan adalah tertakluk kepada kekosongan tempat di Sekolah Pusat Tingkatan Enam.

6. Sekiranya jumlah mata kognat melebihi sepatutnya (tidak layak), bolehkah merayu untuk masuk ke Tingkatan Enam?

Anda boleh membuat permohonan rayuan dengan menggunakan Borang Rayuan Kemasukan Ke Tingkatan Enam Tahun 2016 Bagi Calon Sekolah Kerajaan Berdasarkan Pencapaian Kokurikulum (T6BKK) melalui sekolah asal di mana SPM diambil. Patuhi syarat-syarat yang ditetapkan pada borang tersebut. Patuhi tarikh tutup yang ditetapkan bagi penghantaran dokumen Permohonan yang layak dipertimbangkan adalah tertakluk kepada kekosongan tempat di Sekolah Pusat Tingkatan Enam. Hantar borang yang lengkap melalui sekolah kepada:

(a) Jabatan Pendidikan Negeri / Pejabat Pendidikan Daerah (PPD) untuk Sekolah Menengah Harian, Sekolah Menengah Teknik dan Program Pendidikan Khas Integrasi
(b) Bahagian Pendidikan Islam untuk SMKA, Kolej Islam Sultan Alam Shah (KISAS) dan Sekolah Menengah Agama Persekutuan Labu
(c) Bahagian Pendidikan Khas untuk Sekolah Menengah Pendidikan Khas

7. Bolehkah lepasan SPM dari calon persendirian/ sekolah swasta/ Sekolah Menengah Agama Negeri memohon untuk masuk ke Tingkatan Enam di sekolah kerajaan?

Anda boleh membuat permohonan dengan menggunakan Borang Permohonan Kemasukan Tingkatan Enam Tahun 2016 Bagi Calon Persendirian, Sekolah Swasta & Sekolah Menengah Agama Negeri (T6BCP). Patuhi syarat-syarat yang ditetapkan pada borang tersebut. Permohonan yang layak dipertimbangkan adalah tertakluk kepada kekosongan tempat di Sekolah Pusat Tingkatan Enam. Borang yang lengkap disi hendaklah dikembalikan ke pada:

(a) Jabatan Pendidikan Negeri / Pejabat Pendidikan Daerah (PPD) untuk Sekolah Menengah Harian, Sekolah Menengah Teknik dan Program Pendidikan Khas Integrasi
(b) Bahagian Pendidikan Islam untuk SMKA, Kolej Islam Sultan Alam Shah (KISAS) dan Sekolah Menengah Agama Persekutuan Labu
(c) Bahagian Pendidikan Khas untuk Sekolah Menengah Pendidikan Khas

8. Seseorang yang telah ditawarkan ke Tingkatan Enam tetapi berhasrat untuk bertukar sekolah pusat atas sebab-sebab tertentu, seperti mata pelajaran yang ingin diambil tidak ditawarkan di sekolah tersebut dan sebagainya; bagaimanakah caranya?

Sila buat permohonan pertukaran murid secara biasa iaitu mengisi Borang PU(A) 275 Jadual Ketiga [Permohonan Untuk Bertukar Sekolah Oleh Murid Warganegara]. Serahkan borang tersebut kepada Bahagian (kecuali Sekolah Menengah Harian dan Sekolah Menengah Teknik) / Jabatan Pendidikan Negeri (JPN)/ Pejabat Pendidikan Daerah (PPD) masing-masing untuk pertimbangan. Sekiranya pertukaran melibatkan pertukaran daerah / negeri, serahkan borang kepada JPN/ PPD di daerah sekolah yang ingin dimohon itu berada.

(a) Jabatan Pendidikan Negeri / Pejabat Pendidikan Daerah (PPD) untuk Sekolah Menengah Harian, Sekolah Menengah Teknik dan Program Pendidikan Khas Integrasi
(b) Bahagian Pendidikan Islam untuk SMKA, Kolej Islam Sultan Alam Shah (KISAS) dan Sekolah Menengah Agama Persekutuan Labu
(c) Bahagian Pendidikan Khas untuk Sekolah Menengah Pendidikan Khas

9. Saya bukan warganegara Malaysia. Apakah prosedur permohonan untuk ke Tingkatan Enam?

Bagi murid bukan warganegara ke Tingkatan Enam adalah merujuk kepada seksyen 130 Akta Pendidikan 1996 Peraturan - peraturan Pendidikan (Penerimaan Masuk Murid ke Sekolah, Penyimpanan Daftar dan Syarat Bagi Pengekalan Murid Belajar Di Sekolah) 1998 serta tertakluk kepada syarat am yang telah ditetapkan. Anda boleh membuat permohonan dengan mengisi borang P.U(A)275 - Jadual Pertama yang boleh diperoleh di Unit Perhubungan dan Pendaftaran, Sektor Pengurusan Sekolah, JPN (Sila lihat Rujukan 2). Pastikan segala butiran diisi dengan lengkap. Dokumen-dokumen yang diperlukan perlu disahkan seperti Surat Beranak murid, kad pengenalan murid, ibu dan bapa serta paspot murid, ibu dan bapa. Jika ibu bapa murid bekerja di negara ini, sila kemukakan bersama salinan pas pengajian, salinan pas tanggungan dan surat majikan yang telah disah kan. Sekiranya permohonan bukan dari ibu bapa murid, sila kemukakan dokumen-dokumen sendiri yang telah disahkan (surat beranak murid, kad pengenalan murid, ibu dan bapa, serta paspot murid, ibu dan bapa) dan salinan surat keterangan hubungan dengan murid tersebut yang telah ditentusahkan.

10. Saya terima tawaran ke Tingkatan Enam tetapi tiada penempatan. Apa yang harus saya lakukan?

Anda perlu segera ke JPN untuk maklumat lanjut.

11. Apakah pakaian murid Tingkatan Enam?

Boleh dengan berpandukan kepada Surat Pekeliling Ikhtisas Bilangan 2 Tahun 2014 Etika Pakaian Murid Tingkatan Enam. Pakaian murid lelaki ialah baju kemeja berseluar panjang lengkap dengan kasut dan stoking. Pakaian murid perempuan ialah baju kurung, gaun, gaun labuh/ jenis jubah/ maksi, two - piece/ three piece suit pants lengkap dengan kasut atau pakaian tradisional kaum masing-masing yang bersesuaian dan lengkap. Sebarang pakaian yang menggunakan material jenis denim tidak dibenarkan. Jeans, cargo pants, selur pendek, atau leggings tidak dibenarkan. Apa-apa pakaian yang menutup muka tidak dibenarkan. Murid dilarang memakai kemeje-T semasa menghadiri kelas. Murid hendaklah berpakaian kemas, sopan dan tidak mencolok mata. Pakaian yang jarang dan ketat juga tidak dibenarkan. Walau bagaimanapun, murid juga boleh mengenakan pakaian seragam sekolah sekiranya perlu (hak memilih terletak kepada murid).

12. Saya telah menolak tawaran Matrikulasi/IPTA/IPTS, bolehkah saya memohon ke Tingkatan Enam?

Calon yang menolak tawaran Matrikulasi/IPTA/IPTS boleh membuat rayuan ke Jabatan Pendidikan Negeri berkenaan menggunakan borang T6BRU. Borang permohonan yang lengkap hendaklah dihantar ke Jabatan Pendidikan Negeri sebelum tarikh yang telah ditetapkan. Kegagalan berbuat demikian akan menyebabkan permohonan anda tidak dipertimbangkan.

13. Saya tidak menamatkan pengajian di Matrikulasi/IPTA/IPTS, bolehkah saya merayu untuk masuk ke Tingkatan Enam?

Calon tidak menamatkan pengajian di Matrikulasi/IPTA/IPTS boleh membuat rayuan ke Jabatan Pendidikan Negeri berkenaan menggunakan borang T6BRU. Borang permohonan yang lengkap hendaklah dihantar ke Jabatan Pendidikan Negeri sebelum tarikh yang telah ditetapkan. Kegagalan berbuat demikian akan menyebabkan permohonan anda tidak dipertimbangkan.

14. Saya telah ditawarkan ke Tingkatan Enam, bolehkah saya memohon penangguhan kerana kerjaya/kursus/masalah peribadi/kesihatan?

Tiada pengangguhan/pengulangan untuk masuk ke Tingkatan Enam. Calon hanya boleh masuk ke Tingkatan Enam bermula dengan Penggal Satu (1) setiap tahun. Jika anda tidak menerima tawaran pada tahun semasa, bermakna anda menolak tawaran tersebut. Bagi calon yang menolak tawaran pada tahun semasa anda boleh membuat permohonan rayuan memasuki Tingkatan Enam pada tahun berikutnya tertakluk kepada syarat am dan syarat khas yang telah ditetapkan serta kekosongan tempat di Sekolah Pusat Tingkatan Enam.

15. Saya calon Sekolah Integriti bolehkan saya memohon untuk ke Tingkatan Enam?

Permohonan ke Tingkatan Enam boleh dimohon menerusi Sekolah Integriti masing-masing dan tertakluk di bawah kawalan Kementerian Dalam Negeri.

Recommended Reading: Official Introduction to Form Six Programme/STPM


► Read more on Soalan-Soalan Lazim Kemasukan Murid Ke Tingkatan Enam

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