Malaysia is a mystical country with unspoilt nature, endless white sandy beaches and rich cultures that blend together to create a vibrant mix of customs, festivals and gastronomic delights. Malaysia offers you the opportunity to experience a land of extreme contrasts , the excitement of Kuala Lumpur, the history and architecture of Penang, Langkawi�s luxurious beaches and the endangered orang-utans of Borneo.
Education in Malaysia is overseen by two Government ministries. The Ministry of Education handles matters pertaining to pre-school, primary school, secondary school and post-secondary school while matters regarding tertiary education are dealt with by the Ministry of Higher Education. Education may be obtained from the multilingual public school system, which provides free education for all Malaysians, or private schools, or through homeschooling. By law, primary education is compulsory. There are no fixed rules on when a child needs to start preschool education but majority would start when the child turns 5 years old.
Primary education in Malaysia begins at age seven and lasts for six years.
Before progressing to secondary education, Year 6 pupils sit for the Primary School Achievement Test. All schools admit students regardless of racial and language background. Malay and English are compulsory subjects in all schools. All schools use the same syllabus.
Secondary education lasts for five years. Co-curricular activities are compulsory at the secondary level, where all students must participate in at least 2 activities.
At the end of Form 5, students are required to take the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) or Malaysian Certificate of Education examination, before graduating from secondary school. The SPM was based on the old British �School Certificate� examination before it became General Certificate of Education 'O' Levels examination, which became the GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education).
After the SPM, students from public secondary school would have a choice of either studying Form 6 or the matriculation (pre-university). If they are accepted to continue studying in Form 6, they will also take the Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (which is usually abbreviated as STPM) or Malaysian Higher School Certificate examination (its British equivalent is the General Certificate of Education 'A' Levels examination or internationally, the Higher School Certificate).
STPM is regulated by the Malaysian Examinations Council. Form 6 consists of two years of study which is known as Lower 6 and Upper 6 . Although it is generally taken by those desiring to attend public universities in Malaysia, it is internationally recognised and may also be used, though rarely required, to enter private local universities for undergraduate courses.
Teaching Jobs in Malaysia
We recruit teaching staff for a number of prestigious international schools in Malaysia and are always keen to hear from qualified teachers of all subjects. English mother tongue.
We have vacancies throughout the year so if you are interested in a teaching position in Malaysia please register HERE.
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