Choosing the right school for our children is a challenging decision, and too often, it’s not just about a school’s distance to our home, but also the curriculum implied, and the qualifications awarded to a student. In a globalized world, choices for schooling are limitless and evolving and, as parents, understanding the choices available, and what the best is for our children isn’t as easy as it used to be. Indeed there is no doubt in Malaysians going after IGCSE to gain the best learning curriculum for their children. To be precise, what is the difference between SPM Bahasa Melayu and IGCSE Bahasa Melayu in Malaysia?
International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) in Malaysia

First and foremost, what is IGCSE? IGCSE stands for the International General Certificate of Secondary Education. It is a two-year programme leading to externally set, marked and certificated examinations from the University of Cambridge. IGCSEs were introduced in 1988 and are internationally acknowledged qualifications. English tutor Johor Bahru
Candidates can sit for IGCSE examinations all over the world. Cambridge IGCSEs can be taken as individual subjects or as qualifications towards the International Certificate of Education (ICE), which is granted for a minimum of seven IGCSE passes from different subject areas.
Difference between SPM Bahasa Melayu and IGCSE Bahasa Melayu

Grading system in Malaysia
Grading system in Malaysia is not something to be neglected as it helps you in interpreting the scores and improve yourselves in a certain subject or component. The result of a certain examination like SPM and IGCSE will decide the future of the student in pursuing into further studies. SPM exam grading system followed by A+, A, A-, B+, B, C+, C, D, E and G. In the earlier days, gradings were based on numbering, such as 1A, 2A and so on.
Later, students applying for courses at public higher education institutions in Malaysia need to switch their grades into a merit point calculation system. This is because students will be placed according to the merit points accumulated together with the co-curriculum involvement so that there is no biased placement. Furthermore, SPM Bahasa Melayu is given huge respect and recognized badge in public universities in Malaysia as every Malaysian have to pass Bahasa Melayu to pursue their degree or Foundation.
Meanwhile, candidates who sit for the Cambridge IGCSE exam will be granted one of the following grades, A*, A, B, C, D, E, F or G. However, a performance which is below the standard of the lowest grade is ungraded and is denoted by a U. Due to the Malaysia Ministry of Education requirements, Malaysian citizens must take Bahasa Melayu, either alone or combined, as one of their choices in IGCSE. Otherwise, Cambridge IGCSE Foreign Language Malay is devised for learners who are learning Malay as a foreign language or tertiary subject.
Duration of SPM Bahasa Melayu and IGCSE Bahasa Melayu
With IGCSE, fast-learning students in Malaysia are certified to sit for the Bahasa Melayu examination earlier and finish high school as early as 16 years old. With SPM, all students must comprehend the syllabus set for each year and proceed from Form 1 to Form 5 accordingly. Students sit for SPM examination when they complete 11 years of education. Plus, there is no exception in Sekolah Kebangsaan’s preschool in implementing Bahasa Melayu since the age of 5.
Both IGCSE and SPM are widely and equally recognized, although Cambridge IGCSE is best known as the world’s most popular international qualification for secondary education. Both qualifications can take you into good colleges, pre-university programmes, Diploma programmes, and etc, depending on your grades. However, if your plan is to enter a public university or join a Malaysian Matriculation, SPM is the star way to go.
Consequently, Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia that is under the Malaysian government schools still uses the national language Bahasa Melayu as a medium of communication between the teachers and students. Plus, subjects like Mathematics and Science have also been taught in Bahasa Melayu lately. Therefore, it shows the importance of Bahasa Melayu in Malaysia in order to enrol in a government based pre-university programme.

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