Opting for higher education after SPM

by | May 30, 2024 | EDUCATION, NATIONAL, NEWS, Opinions | 0 comments


In recent surveys and polls of SPM school leavers over the last few years or post Covid 19 pandemic, many of these students expressed a desire not to further their studies but have plans to join the workforce and get married.

But human resource experts warn that this can work against them and even suppress their wages as employers will use the presence of a large pool of school leavers to justify not paying them more, according to the National Association of Skilled Workers.

This is why the association stated that the connection between education and careers should be made clear to students from a young age to make them understand that not pursuing higher studies can affect the careers of their choice.

Usually this advice and guidance is given at a later stage, closer to completion of SPM, and career counsellors suggest that secondary school students must be shown that there is a pathway from school to the launching of their careers.

In the Dewan Rakyat last year, Education Minister Fadhlina Sidek disclosed that 180,680 or 48.74 percent of SPM students from the 2021 school session have chosen not to further their education, based on data from the eProfil Kerjaya Murid System.

Educationists suggest that the old methods of reaching out to SPM leavers through career or university fairs and exhibitions, which incur a lot of expense, should be discarded and encouraging trustworthy relationships with career guidance counsellors should be the way forward.


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