Malaysia is a cosmopolitan country situated in South-East Asia and consists of three main races of the Malay, Chinese and Indian communities. There is a minority of foreigners also living in the country. The Malaysian education system is monitored by the Ministry of Education which is called, ‘Kementerian Pendidikan’. The Federal Government is responsible for the education system, but each state and federal territory has its individual education departments to control and coordinate all educational matters in their respective territories. The legislation governing the education system is the Education Act 1996.
How is the education system in Malaysia?
Primary education
Just like other countries, the child starts with preschool education at the age of 4 to 6 years. There are many preschools called ‘Tadika’ or ‘Taska’ owned by private institutions. In Malaysia, a child has to attend the Government primary school at the age of 7. Private and international schools start at their primary education at an earlier age of 5 or 6. The difference between the government and private education in Malaysia is the medium of instruction. Government schools use the Malay language called Bahasa Malaysia whereas the private schools use English as their medium of instruction. There are schools that teach in the Chinese medium and owned by private bodies. As a majority of the Indians were found living in estates, the Tamil medium of education also is used in some of the schools. The primary education is compulsory in Malaysia, where multilingual public schools, private and home education co-exists side by side. The students in the government schools are assessed for a test in year six called UPSR to continue for secondary education. Similarly, private schools also have their own assessment for further education.
Secondary education
The secondary education will start at the age of thirteen and will last for five years. Students will be assessed after three years during their secondary education which is called PMT or lower certificate of education. This assessment will determine whether the student qualifies to enter the arts or science stream according to their results obtained in the assessment. When they are in the specified stream, their switching opportunities are limited. Following this, after two years they will be assessed to enter the high school. This assessment is called SPM and the results will determine for the students to proceed into high school for a further two years which is form six or STPM, in Public schools, matriculation or A levels in private schools. English tutor Johor Bahru
Malacca High School is Malacca

Malacca High School is Malacca is the second oldest High School in Malaysia
What if a student has specialized skills more than academic skills?
Vocational schools
Of course, there are vocational schools set up for skills development by the government which oversees the establishment and operation of all Public and Private training institutions. It has developed about 1,000 standards for certificate, diploma, advanced diploma training and has approximately 20 identified key areas. They are normally conducted by Polytechnics administered by the Government or Private institutions.
Kolej Polytechnic Mara in Kuala Lumpur

Kolej Polytechnic Mara in Kuala Lumpur one of the oldest Vocational colleges
How about higher education in the Universities?
Most of the students who have finished their high school would want to further their education in the Universities and look for tertiary education.
Malaysian tertiary education is heavily subsidized and has tight quotas that protect the racial majority. There is a great meritocracy is a selection of students to the public universities and in the interim disadvantaged students have the opportunity of enrolling at the private university colleges, private universities or foreign universities. English tutor Penang
Students are able to continue for their post-graduate studies also by furthering their education with a Master’s degree program or a Ph.D. The universities in Malaysia also cater to working adults who want to further their education in the universities and many foreign students find that Malaysia is an excellent place for higher studies with all the good facilities, fees structure, cheap cost of living and the climate.
The University of Malaya is evolved from the Federated Malay States Government Medical School founded in 1905, is the oldest functioning tertiary institution in the country. Currently, there are 43 universities, 31 private university colleges, 9 foreign university branch campuses and 414 private colleges in Malaysia.

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