How to get out of the Malaysia's education system...
I don't know but suddenly this thought just strikes me: How many Malaysians who end up in elite universities abroad are actually 100% Buatan Malaysia? The Harvard SCEA girl has spent considerably amount of her time abroad. This is the same for our Dartmouth ED boy.
Last year, there were two Harvard admits and one was from the United Kingdom; the other was from Malaysia (although I have no idea whether he's educated in Malaysia's public schools). It just seems to me that our Malaysian education system is now at a level that can be described as deplorable. Apparently, it seems that even our government can't help much to salvage the situation.
I know of a young friend who is in Primary one now and is attending a Chinese school. Now that the government has made teaching Sciences and Mathematics in English compulsory, many Chinese schools have reluctantly done so. However, at the same time, they "reteach" the curriculum in Mandarin and shorten the English periods to just two periods a week. One hour of learning English a week. How far can these students go? Language is something that we need to use, familiarize ourselves with. Without sufficient practise, how do you expect someone to be proficient at it?
Secondly, there is this really disturbing trend of Malaysian politicians competing to see who is more Islamic. It seems that many think that the more Islamic they are, the more devoted they are to their religion. The BBC has reported that our infastructures in Malaysia is becoming more Arabic, replacing traditional woodwork and handicrafts of indigeneous Malays. In Parliament, politicians hurl insults at each other over comments whether Malaysia is an Islamic state. This is also evident in our education system as many of you know. And despite many complaints, nothing has been done. And this is just the tip of the iceberg.
I believe that if you can't change it despite so much efforts trying to do so, you should escape from it. For your own good. For your better future. I applaud Johnleemk for being so daring and standing up for the things that he believes in. And I believe that we should help other Malaysians who are trapped in the system to get out of it. As many as possible. I know this sounds ridiculous. But I believe many have lost faith with our education system. It is indeed sad that Malaysians cannot look beyond our skin colours and many are too myopic.
So to people out there who is fortunate enough to be able to venture abroad at such a young age, it will be great if you can shed some light on the possible places one can go to. Yeah, by just providing information (Yes, it's simple as that!) I believe that many fellow Malaysians out there will be able to benefit from it. (I regret not knowing about United World College when I finished my O levels.) For a start, can people who have been to United World College, any other International Schools or Prep Schools like Exeter and Andover tell us more about these schools... the application process, any scholarships and such. Yep, sorry for beating about the bush to get to this.