One of my friend lately quit school. He was in one of the local tertiary institution and he’s a Malay. He cited he has financial difficulties with the school as his main reason. Such bollocks! We all know, espiecally Malays have alot of financial assistance scheme and bursaries. I know, because I’m a ‘product’ of such financial aid myself.
Despite my advise and help, he still quit and decided to scour around for a job instead.
We all know that the Malays being the indigenous people of Singapore, by law we are entitled to free education up to university level. I think that gave us that ‘crutch’ mentality, maybe such help made us the Malay thinking that we’re no better than second rate citizen out for a handout? Should we Malays rally and call for that free education law to be abolished?
I’m totally for it. However after looking up the education statistics lately, albeit my favorable position and stance on such abolishment, I think such move will actually deter and not help in the education progress for all Malays.
I was totally astonished by the statistics for which I looked up. I know that our Malay student enrollment and passing rate was far lesser than other races in Singapore but to be totally left behind in terms of numbers, I was totally surprised.
Well statistics don’t lie.
As to date, we have some 4.4 million Singaporeans in population and the breakdown in ethnicity is
– Chinese 76.8%
– Malay 13.9%
– Indian 7.9%
– other 1.4%
If you look below at the latest education statistics (2003), the O’Level passing rate (At least 5 credits) for Malays is meagerly at 59%! While the other races was well above the 73% mark! That’s horrendous.
If we look at the A’Level cohort. If one were to ratio the number of Malay students taking the A’Level, at 500 plus students, that makes about to 4.6% of the total A’Level cohort. Not proportional to the Malay 13.9% population. The level of passing is also well below the overall passing graph.
While the below graph the number of Malay polytechnic graduates as of 2005. It shows that the Malay polytechnic graduates numbers this time are comparable to the number of Indians polytechnic graduates. At last count, isn’t the Malay population is twice of the Indians? Shouldn’t in retrospect, Malay polytechnic graduates be double?
And now we look at Malay university graduates. The numbers are totally mind boggling. Malay university graduates numbers are drawffed by other races. Indians vs Malays 5:1, while other races vs Malays 2:1 and Chinese vs Malays 34:1 !!
The question is now, how do we as a Malays promote education within our community?
I know for my own background, my parents has never really instill the importance or urgency of education in me while I was young. As I’ve told someone recently, I wish they did, but my parents brought me up to the best of their ability they know how. I guess it has to start at home and with the parents itself. So readers. young and old, if you’ve a child, keep vigil on their education.