KUALA LUMPUR: School leavers should consider enrolling in Form Six if they are not offered scholarships or a place to do matriculation.
MCA Youth Education Bureau chairman Chong Sin Woon said Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia students should not think that matriculation was the only way for them to secure a place in local universities.
"Although we have been telling this every year, students still don't understand that there are other options for them to get into universities.
"MCA Youth is always advising students to consider Form Six as the Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia qualification is recognised not only in local universities, but also private higher learning institutions and top universities overseas," he said yesterday.
This year, MCA received 892 appeals from students who failed to secure a place in matriculation. Among the appeals, four were from straight A+ students.
Chong said while students could think about enrolling in Form Six, the government should also consider increasing the non-bumiputera quota in matriculation programmes.
Currently, only 10 per cent out of about 20,000 matriculation places are reserved for non-bumiputeras.
"While we can advise students to take up Form Six if they were not given a place in matriculation, the government should also consider increasing the quota to 20 per cent.
"Students, on the other hand, should also be realistic when applying for matriculation.
"If you are applying for a Science major, then you have to make sure that you have scored good marks for a Science-related subject."