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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
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