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Present edu system not appealing to young
Published on: Sunday, May 12, 2024
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As the choices of recent SPM students become increasingly diversified, we must ask: Is our education system designed for the past or for the reality of the future?
IN Malaysia, getting an academic degree was once seen as the golden key to success. But times are changing, as recent SPM graduates are quietly igniting an educational revolution.

Nearly half of them are opting out of pursuing traditional university education. Deeply drawn to tales of overnight success in startups, they are eager to forge their own business empires through innovative thinking and technological applications.

These individuals are no longer content with passive learning under traditional educational models. They believe that learning entrepreneurial skills and management knowledge through hands-on experience is far more practical and market relevant than classroom theory.

They prefer to achieve personal value through their work and seek a harmonious balance between their careers and personal lives. For them, having a job is not just about getting financial independence but also finding a platform for self-expression.

Many feel that the present education system does not satisfy their thirst for knowledge and anticipation for the future. They view the structure as too rigid, lacks innovation and adaptability, and is increasingly disconnected from the real world.

This drives them to seek more flexible and practical learning methods, such as online courses and workshops, or gaining hands-on experience through internships and volunteering.

These alternative educational paths not only provide skills training closer to actual needs of the jobs market but also allow them greater autonomy and creativity in their learning process.

Young people recognise that the future workplace will increasingly rely on technology. Thus, they prefer to teach themselves skills like coding, machine learning or data analysis to meet the demands of future careers.

In Malaysia, family opinions and parental expectations have long had a profound impact on young people’s educational and career choices.

Traditionally, most parents viewed continued schooling as the only path to success.

However, as times and societal attitudes evolve, a new generation of parents is beginning to adopt different views.

They are increasingly respecting their children’s autonomy and supporting them in exploring their preferred educational paths, including technical training and professional certification.

As economic situations shift and living costs rise, some families might encourage their children to work early to support the family financially or to gain work experience.

The choices of peers and trends on social media also significantly influence young students’ decisions.

When they see peers opting for entrepreneurship, freelancing, or studying abroad, these young individuals might feel inspired, believing that such paths can also lead to success and satisfaction.

The sharing of non-traditional success stories on social media further reinforces this influence.

As the choices of recent SPM students become increasingly diversified, we must ask: Is our education system designed for the past or for the reality of the future?

Perhaps the education of the future should pave the way for each individual’s unique journey, not just a predetermined path.

AWZ

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