New portal to help students build career path-Maszlee

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By Nadhirah Sofea Rashid

Tired to go all over the web to search the best for your education and career path? 

Worry no more!

In order to help students choose the right path after school, the Education Ministry is on a mission to provide a one-stop portal that will serve SPM school leavers by guiding them in creating their education path. 

Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik said the portal would be launched next year. 

The objective of the portal is to prevent mismatches and to provide students a better view of what they can do upon completing their secondary school phase. 

The information will be personalised in accordance with the student’s academic and co-curricular achievements, as well as psychometric tests.

“Through this portal, SPM students would not only get to view their examination results but they would also be able to see recommendations on their best-suited pre-university courses and even available scholarships for them to apply.

“Using artificial intelligence, the machine will crawl Internet databases and give recommendations on appropriate courses, the universities or institutions that offer them, available scholarships and other financial aid," Maszlee added. 

The portal also aims to reduce teacher's burden on extra administrative work as all the information required has been provided. 

Maszlee said the portal would include the student's school data, presentations and projects, co-curricular activities, and psychometric tests from Standard One until Form Five.

All the students need to do is to key in their identity card number to enter the portal and they are set to choose and make decisions.

Through this portal, they would be able to apply for matriculation programmes, and public university diploma or foundation programmes via the ministry’s UPUOnline.

“Of course, with such sensitive data, we will have to be careful with the Personal Data Protection Act 2010," said Maszlee adding that the inspiration was taken from Jordan's Education Ministry.

Maszlee added that it was time the ministry gave attention to data analysis while admitting that this had been the ministry's weakness. 

“We have students’ data from schools, states, and district education departments but we have never made use of them or analysed the data for the interest of students," he said. 

Speaking to the NST in an interview, Maszlee also added that the portal will be the next big thing for his ministry as it can educate and guide students and their families to make the right choice. 

On the transparency with education quotas, Maszlee said the ministry would go beyond matriculation. 

Previously, the matriculation quota issue came into the spotlight after non-Bumi students who got straight A's in SPM  failed to get a place in matriculation.

Read: Education Ministry needs to sort out Matriculation issue

“We have a lot of promising job opportunities and both students and parents, need to realise that there are many other opportunities apart from matriculation programmes," said Maszlee. 

However, some netizens disagreed with the portal idea.

They believe that the portal will not solve the problem faced by the students. 

Despite the disagreements, many others do agree with the idea and supported the initiative.