Education in Malaysia » Going Up & Down

In 2016, I wrote a guide on Malaysian students can study from their homes. Now, I think it’s time to write another post about education in Malaysia and that’s literally the title of this post. Over these past years, Malaysian education has improved vastly, then it decreased slightly. Then it increased slightly and the cycle has been going on forever. In 2014, PT3 was introduced and it’s improving our children’s performances, or is it. No new major changes have been made since, so it’s 2017 and let’s see how far education has improved in Malaysia.


Education in Malaysia


Primary School

In 2009, schools have decided to switch back to their native languages for subjects like maths and English. The reason for that is because many students from rural areas have trouble understanding the subjects. Understanding aside, my opinion of this change is negative. It’s true that students have a hard time understanding the subjects. However, their English proficiency will decrease significantly. When the time comes when they have to enter the workforces, they’ll have little English proficiency. Here’s an example, if a customer or client that they’re serving or working with respectively are foreigners, the only language option they have is English. My younger sister studies Science in Tamil and I don’t see any major improvements compared to her performances.



Unlike primary, some schools teach their subjects in English still. However, these schools are very limited. Plus, schools that don’t teach in English only teach in Malay, so Chinese and Indian students should have a good understanding of Malay. In our current era, I can say that high school students are doing very poorly. Mostly due to their fault, some due their teachers. First, the reason why the teachers are partially at fault for the student’s performances. Teachers don’t give a thought about their students these days. My 2nd youngest sister’s teachers sit, drink coffee, and leave after their period. They don’t teach at all. Of course, this doesn’t apply to all schools. Now, the reason why is it the student’s fault.


Malaysian Youth

Now, we’re going to take a Malaysian boy into account. Let’s say I know a boy named Joshua. This boy cares nothing but himself in life. He has no ambition nor drive. All he wants is to sleep, eat, play, and repeat. Occasionally, the free money he receives from his parents doesn’t hurt. When he goes to school, everything he hears goes into one ear and comes out through the other. Finally, he doesn’t care that he scored straight F’s on his final exam. Truth be told, he prefers that his brother, six years younger than him take care of him and their family. This is a fair representation of at least 60% of the current Malaysian youth. The education in Malaysia is fine. Our younger generation, on the other hand, not so much.


Other Causes

Freedom in entertainment languages. For older people, I get having the freedom to watch media in any language. However, locking media in one language is a great way to improve the language skills of the younger generation. 7-year-olds are at a stage where their brain is still developing. Exposing or forcing them to enjoy media in English or Malay would help improve their skills. Just forbid them from watching in their native languages. Another cause is inappropriate media. Movies rated PG-13 are still unsuitable for our 13 years olds. Plus, songs from artist like the “Havoc Brothers (No disrespect)” will literally rot the teenage brain. Keep away from youngster if possible.



There were snarky comments about PT3 in 2009. They were saying how it’s not useful and it will rot the students’ brain. However, it will improve their skills. Most assignments are done in class and homework assignments are researched at home, so it does improve knowledge a little bit. Education in Malaysia has very little flaws. The youth, plentiful. College education is pretty good in Malaysia. Most colleges are strict and enforce plagiarism. Most of them anyway. Private university and public universities have almost no differences when it comes to education. I don’t have info on Semi-Government or Semi-Private though. Thank you for reading my post and I hope you’ll have a wonderful year. Good-bye.

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