First off, for a really good overview of the educational choices available in Malaysia, read this article by David BC Tan:
I don’t have any children of my own (at least not as far as I know!), so let me tell you about my own educational experience.
I attended 2 years of government school, before going to 2 different private schools. What do I think of the education I received in Malaysia?
Dull and uninspiring.
Sure, it got me the qualifications I needed to study abroad in the UK. But for years, my ‘education’ involved very little thinking at all. Year after year it was memorise this, memorise that, and regurgitate it all during the many many examinations.
Even studying in the UK, the system was more or less the same. Memorise, memorise, memorise. I got bored. I was eager to start my career and quickly lost interest in my studies. Nevertheless, I still did very well in my A levels, and graduated from a top London University. I’d completed my education!
And what did I discover?
- I didn’t really know what I wanted to do. My education, which was meant to prepare me for life, hadn’t given me any inkling of what I should actually do with my life. Like much of the youth of today, I randomly scoured the job market for whatever I thought would pay me the most. And when I didn’t like it, I’d switch jobs. A passionate worker is hard to come by these days; people get stuck in the same job for years not because they love their job, but because they don’t know what else to do.
- I wasn’t prepared for what I had to do. My education had trained me to expect to be spoon-fed every step of the way. As a new employee, I thought I’d be given exact instructions on what to do to along with detailed descriptions of what would happen along the way. Anybody who’s been in a real working environment knows that’s just a fairytale. Does that don’t know had best be looking for another job.
That basically sums up my personal education experience. What do you think about the education system in Malaysia (or wherever you’re from)?