Time To Know More About The Malaysian Education System!

January 29, 2018

As a certified TEFL teacher, are you planning to teach in Malaysia?

Taking a peek into the education system of the country can help you understand your role as a responsible teacher.

Whether you are relocating to Kuala Lumpur or any other Malaysian city for your work, you will find yourself facing an education system that’s quite similar to that which is practiced in the UK, US and all throughout Europe.

Though the Malaysian government invests a lot of resources in the development of its education sector, its education system is still held back in several years. Most of the students qualifying for exams with excellent grades remain confined within the boundaries of the countries. It is due to this reason that Malaysia ranks so low in the global academic sector.

Read on to learn more about the schooling system in Malaysia!

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An Overview Of The Malaysian Education System

Education as a whole is managed by the Federal Government of Malaysia – the Ministry of Education. The government offers free education to primary level students for six years and for five years to the secondary level students. On the completion of the secondary level of education, students appear for Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM), the public common examination.

The higher education system in the country comprises of Private Higher Educational Institutions, Public Universities and branches of renowned Foreign Universities. Public Universities are entirely funded by the government and account for about 60% of all higher education institutions. The private institutions are the ones which are funded and have been set up by various companies. On the other hand, foreign university branches offer numerous globally recognised degrees in collaboration with international universities.

Pros and Cons of the Present Education System In Malaysia

The dual-language programs conducted by the educational institutes in Malaysia are a huge draw. Moreover, schools all throughout the country are very well-equipped and boast of a range of modern facilities. The country is widely recognised for its students who obtain high marks in the exams- both at the school level and at the university level.

This being said, the country’s education system even has some cons. Firstly, at a time when other countries have analysis-based exams, Malaysia’s education system is very exam-oriented. This is the reason why students lack leadership skills and critical thinking skills. Secondly, in spite of having a good academic background, most teachers lack the skills required for teaching students effectively.

It is due to this reason that to cope with this problem of unskilled teachers, more and more educational institutions are now seeking for candidates who have earned certification from a renowned TEFL institute in India.

Schooling Structure In Malaysia

The country’s school structure is almost identical to the education structure in the UK, US and much more. Students in Malaysia typically move through the below structure:

  • Kindergarten: 5-6 years
  • Primary/Elementary: 7-12 years
  • Lower Secondary/ Middle School: 13-15 years
  • Upper secondary/ High School: 16-17 years
  • Post Secondary: 17-18 years
  • Secondary: 18+

The country’s education system needs to focus on making certain changes to the structural elements which are similar to the internal best practices followed by high-performing education systems. Recruiting certified teachers can be the stepping stone for a better education system!