Survey Finds Half of SPM Candidates Don’t Plan to Continue Tertiary Studies

What to Study after SPM?

What to Study after SPM?

Why Half of Malaysian SPM Graduates Won’t go for Further Studies

A survey conducted by UCSI Poll Research Centre found that only half of Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) candidates plan to pursue their studies at the tertiary level, In addition, 32% stated that continue tertiary studies is not as beneficial as in the previous generation. The study covered 1,000 respondents who were asked about their plans after completing their SPM exam.

Only 51% said they planned to continue studying, while 39% said they would look for a job and 10% had no plans.

Are you part of the 50% that don’t plan to continue your tertiary education? Although there’s nothing wrong in starting a business now or become a YouTuber or Live Streamer or Gamer but do you really have the talent for these and supported by evidence? Keep in mind that what you decide now will change your life forever.

You may be interested in reading:

Do you have any questions for us on this article? Or need advise on choosing the right course and private university? If so, then please fill up the Enquiry Form below. Our team of experts will help you solve your queries at the earliest via WhatsApp.

Choose the following:(required)


What are the Reasons for not Continuing to Further Studies?

MalaysiaNow reported late last year that university was no longer the destination of choice for some school-leavers despite them doing well in their SPM. A number of factors are at play, including concerns over finances and the cost of living.

Data from the statistics department showed that in 2019, some 390,000 or 72.1% of SPM graduates were not inclined to continue their studies.

Some students who spoke to MalaysiaNow said university classes were “old school” and not in line with developments in the digital era.

They also cited the cost of a university degree, which can run into tens of thousands of ringgit.

A recent survey by the UCSI Poll Research Centre found that only half of the SPM graduates who participated in the study intended to pursue their studies at the tertiary level. The reasons given for not continuing their studies are:

  • 32% said it was not as beneficial as before
  • 34% said they needed to work to pay for their education.
  • 32% said they did not want to be burdened with a student loan
  • 32% said education fees were very high
  • 22% said they did not do well at school
  • 21% said that education does not guarantee a better job
  • 20% said they could still get paid as much as those who had continued their studies,
  • 6% said they could not handle exam stress.

What do they want to do if they don’t pursue Tertiary Education?

Asked what kind of job they were interested in,

  • 34% of those who did not intend to further their studies said they wanted to become social media affiliates or influencers.
  • 26% said will join the e-hailing sector
  • 22% said they would start their own business in the food and beverages sector



Write your comment or question & our experts will reply you soon

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Please Fill up the Form For Education Advise on Choosing the Right Course & Private University

Want to learn more about which is the right course or the best private university for you? Get answers to your most important questions with expert advise from our knowledgeable and experienced counsellor.

If you are the Parent, please provide your Child’s Details

If you are the parent or sibling or relative, please give the name of the student, not yours.
If you are the parent or sibling or relative, please give the IC number of the student, not yours.
If you are the parent or sibling or relative, please give the email of the student, not yours.
Phone number of the Person Enquiring
Date of completion of your Academic Qualification eg SPM, IGCSE, UEC, A-Levels, etc
List down the courses that you are interested in
List down the universities that you are considering

By filling up the form you accept our Privacy Policy & allow us to share with our partner universities related to your interests. EduSpiral Consultant Services abides by the Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA) & do NOT sell your Personal Data.

EduSpiral Consultant Services  has more than 20 years experience in the private education industry and is an officially appointed representative for over 20 private colleges & universities in Malaysia.