Matriculation Cert Will Spur Students To Excel – PIBGN Chairman

KUALA LUMPUR, June 8 (Bernama) — The government’s move to award the Matriculation Certificate to graduates of the programme will encourage more Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia school leavers to take up matriculation studies, said National Parents-Teachers Association (PIBGN) chairman Prof Datuk Dr Mohamad Ali Hassan.

He said not only that but it would also encourage students to maintain their performance and graduate with excellence.

“This move will increase the number of students competing to enter matriculation and will give the certificate a status which is recognised internationally,” he told Bernama when contacted here today.

He was commenting on the announcement by Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid yesterday on awarding the Matriculation Certificate to the ministry’s matriculation graduates beginning this year to enable them to apply for jobs in the public and private sectors.

Mohamad Ali also denied claims that the ministry’s move would affect students’ interest in furthering their studies.

He said students who were selected for matriculation studies were those who were interested in pursuing tertiary education.

“However, to me, if the student decides to pursue a career, we cannot force him (to study). Maybe they feel more confident about entering the workforce and we should not stop them,” he said.

Meanwhile, the deputy head of the Education and Human Capital Development Cluster of the National Professor Council, Datuk Dr Abdul Rashid Mohamed said he believed the ministry’s move was an alternative to help students obtain jobs if they failed at the university level.


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