Earlier this week, it was reported that over 72% of SPM graduates have no plans to further their studies but instead prefer to work as online influencers, e-hailing car drivers, or food delivery riders.
Following the report, there were several debates going around on this matter and former youth and sports minister Syed Saddiq has also gave his opinion on it.
Taking it to Facebook, Syed Saddiq said, “we must ask ourselves, is this their fault?”
He explained that it typically takes 3 to 4 years to get a degree in other countries. In Malaysia, students need to undergo 2 years of foundation before they can continue on their degree.
With this, the process takes about 6 to 7 years and by the time these fresh graduates enter the industry, they would be 25 years old, which is 1-2 years behind their peers in other countries.
In addition, he said that education is expensive and could cost up to a few hundred thousand ringgits. Thus, many can only go to public institutions.
“I know many families who had to sell their land and cars and take loans worth tens of thousands just to send their children to higher learning institutions,” Syed Saddiq said.
Apart from that, Syed Saddiq pointed out that students are required to take up many mandatory subjects which prevents them from chasing their interests. “These compulsory subjects are said to have been taught repeatedly in school, and it takes up credit hours,” he added.
Unfortunately, after they spent 6 to 7 years in university, these graduates might not even have employment opportunities or the chance to chase their passion.
On the other hand, those who managed to find a job are getting only a measly income, Syed Saddiq said.
He said that this happens every year and we should have known that there are some SPM graduates who want to start working immediately or find their passion out of higher education.
“So my question is – is this their fault?” he once again asked.
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