Almost half of SPM students from 2021 session chose not to further studies, says Fadhlina

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KUALA LUMPUR: Some 180,680 SPM students from the 2021 school session chose not to further their education, the Dewan Rakyat was told.


Education Minister Fadhlina Sidek (pic) said this was based on data from the eProfil Kerjaya Murid (ePKM) system, adding that the number comprised 48.74% of the intake.

Fadhlina added that 115,939 SPM school leavers in 2020 chose not to further their education, making up 35.16% of the intake.

“The ministry is carrying out personal development and career education plans in schools to increase students’ awareness towards the importance of education while also equipping them with knowledge, skills and interest for future careers,” she said.

Fadhlina added that counselling teachers have also been briefed on the latest career trends given their roles in advising secondary school students on possible future career paths.

She said this in a written Parliamentary reply to Datuk Seri Dr Wee Jeck Seng (BN-Tanjung Piai) on Wednesday (May 24).


Wee asked the Education Ministry how many students who took their SPM between 2020 to 2022 opted not to further their education and the steps taken by the ministry to encourage students to overcome this.

Fadhlina added that the ministry was committed to motivating students to further their studies for the betterment of the country.

“Other steps taken were through organising career programmes in cooperation with public and private universities as well as government agencies, with scholarships and student loans also offered,” she said.

– The Star

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