Monday, January 02, 2006

STPM and What It’s Worth

The Star today published a short guide to calculating the "Subjects Grade Value" for a student's STPM results.
Under the new format announced yesterday, each of the 11 grades – A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D and F – are given a subject grade value (SGV).

Public Services Department (PSD) director-general Datuk Seri Ismail Adam said that:
“The format for calculating the results and grade recognition of STPM is similar to that used in universities and matriculation programmes,”

Ismail said STPM candidates with passes in three subjects with Grade C and SGV of 2.0 and a Grade C pass in General Paper were eligible to be appointed to the civil service.

“Those who do not possess these results will not be considered for appointment for positions requiring STPM qualifications or its equivalent by the Government,” he said, adding that holders of STPM/HSC full certificate or STPM qualifications were still eligible for civil service appointments.
Well, that's for those interested in working with the civil service. :-)

9 comments:

clk said...

What happens to people like myself who sat for STPM and obtained grades under the older system with A to E Pricipal Pass, (P) Subsidiary Pass and (F) Fail?

Anonymous said...

we need to fill in parents' monthly income in the new UPU/BPKP application for STPM2005. WHY?

former applicant said...

for anon above: to justify your availability as a PUBLIC U material in terms of funding availability.
In other words, poorer students tend to have more chances of getting into public U ithan "richer" students.
Cheers. :)

Anonymous said...

Frankly, an A in STPM is much harder to achieve than an A in matriculation and pusat asasi sains of various public universities.

My advice to nonbumiputra parents is encourage your children to apply for a place in one of the matriculation centres (limited places for nonbumi are available), do well in the exams there (save one year too), and take up university courses of your choice through this easier route.

Learn to survive smart.

Tony P said...

Dear "Learn to survive smart"

I disagree.

Yes, it is indeed easier to obtain an 'A' for your matriculation exams.

But this just possibly mean a slightly easier route to local public universities.

However, the exam will be "worth" less to future employers and the "education" which the student undergo will possibly be equally less valuable as well.

When one chooses the route to tertiary education, the "easiest" route is definitely almost always not the best route.

Tony P

Anonymous said...

Talk to lecturers in the medical and dental faculties of our local public universities. Ask them the trend in recent years in terms of the background of students accepted to the faculties.

Don't be surprised to know that most of the medic and dental students entered our local universities through the matriculation and pusat asasi sains systems, not through the STPM system. If you don't join in the crowd, you lose out.

You may have As that you think are better, but you are left drooling at others who got into the medical faculty. Frus!

Education systems are so different. Who's to judge what's worthy and what's not worthy? So, think smart, unless you have a deep pocket to support your education overseas.

wong keat wai said...

Dear "Learn to survive smart",


I must agree with Tony P. When I was in UM, everyone wanted the easy way to success in life, but when I moved over to Singapore, I had to discard this mentality.

They (Singaporeans) taught me that "life is tough", that we had to compete directly against the Japanese, Taiwanese and Koreans in designing products for the international market.

After years in Singapore and now rehearing this "learn to survive smart" mindset, I wondered how are Malaysian graduates able to compete against foreigners if they do not have such options?

wong keat wai said...

What I meant was, if someone can compete against foreigners, then he is most probably worth the pay of an expatriate.

But if all he is bothered about is about competition with our local Bumis, then he is worth the pay of what our Bumis get! This is hardly outstanding if you look at how well paid are our government (mostly Bumis) officers.

Crackinghead said...

I'm a STPM student. I'm researching on my education prospectives after my examinations. Is STPM recognised worldwide. I didn't gain an entry into matrix or foundation studies in public u's although i scored well in my SPM. I wana know more on STPM and it's advantages in my later life. PLS HELP ME!!!
Crackinghead