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A very good afternoon to you, my beloved students,

I'm glad so many of you turned up for this afternoon's talk. At this moment, all your thoughts and activities are geared towards doing well in your SPM examination. Once the SPM exams are over, some of you may feel lost. The purpose of my talk is to explain the options which are open to you after you have sat for your SPM exams.

What you do after your SPM exams depends very much on whether you want to further your studies. For those who want to stop schooling after SPM, it is important for you to pick up some skills that will enable you to get a job. Some of you may want to enrol yourself for practical courses like tailoring and hairdressing. Others may want to become apprentices in electrical shops and car repair shops. Some may choose to have a career in the fast food line. As for those who prefer to work in offices, it is essential for you to be computer literate. Many offices are computerised. You need to learn word processing skills and perhaps, book keeping as well. When you have formal training, you can get better pay for your services.

From an informal survey I did among the Form Five students in this school, I found that the majority of you want to continue your studies after your SPM. Many options are open to you. You can join a twinning program. This program enables you to complete one or two years of tertiary education in Malaysia and the rest in a university overseas. Many private colleges cater for this segment of the student population. For example, Inti, Metropolitan, Stamford, and KDU. One of the selling points of twinning programs is that you can get a degree of your choice in a shorter time. It is like a short cut which bypasses STPM. Well, go ahead if your parents can support you.

What about the rest of you who do not want to get a degree overseas? If you want to get a degree from a local university, you can either choose to do your STPM or apply for a place in the Matriculation or Diploma programs. If you opt for Matriculation or Diploma programs, you do not need to go through STPM. I know many of you feel that it is futile to go through two years of STPM and later not qualify for a place in local universities. I've heard groans that it is difficult to score in STPM. Well, a grown-up baby no longer solely depends on milk. As you move from Form Five to Form Six, you cannot depend on memorizing to score. In fact, STPM is a very well-coordinated pre-university education program. It would stand you in good stead regardless of whether you get your tertiary education in Malaysia or overseas.

For those of you who are not able to make it to a university, don't lose heart. STPM is part of a foundational education for everyone. In these years, you develop critical thinking skills which prepares you for working life. At the end of the two years, you get a certificate which entitles you to a higher salary scale than an SPM-holder.

SPM is a stepping stone to other achievements in life. Ponder upon what I've said and be clear about what you want to do after SPM. A clear goal is like a lighthouse in a storm.

Thank you.

Answer the following questions using complete sentences
  1. Why would some students feel lost after the SPM exams are over ?
  2. How do practical skills help SPM-leavers looking for jobs ?
  3. How do most of the Form Five students feel about stopping their studies after their SPM ?
  4. Why do some students prefer twining programs to a tertiary education in a local university ?
  5. Give two ways in which students can get a degree without going through STPM.
  6. Why do most students do badly in STPM ?
  7. According to the passage, why is STPM worth taking ? Give two reasons to support your answer.
  Fill in the blanks with one correct word from the passage.
  8. You are given four ______ to choose from : A, B, C and D.
  9. The ______ of oil palm fruits must be done as soon as the fruits are harvested to prevent them from turning bad.
  10. The old man who was knocked down by a lorry is in a ______ condition, and may die if he does not respond to the treatment given.
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They do not have a clear goal to work towards.


Having practical skills makes it easier for them to find better paying jobs.


Most of them feel that they'd rather continue with their studies.


They can study for a degree as they like, and complete it in a shorter time.


The two ways are: (i) They can join a twinning program after SPM and get a degree from a foreign university. (ii) They can join the Matriculation or Diploma program in a local university after SPM.
  6. They used the wrong method of studying for the STPM exams.
  7. STPM equips a person with the necessary knowledge and skills for his future use. (i) It gives one a comprehensive academic groundwork for tertiary education. (Ii) it trains one to think critically and thus be better quipped for working life.
  8. options
  9. processing
  10. critical

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