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Education in Malaysia

The table above shows that approximately 15% of students do not continue their education after primary school. The rate of transition has not increased notably throughout the years, indicating a possible need for a change in education policy to instil the importance of education to Malaysians. Currently, The Education Act 1996 makes only primary schooling mandatory. The effectiveness of mandatory education can be seen from the fact that almost 94% of children between the ages of seven and 12 are enrolled in primary school. However, this number drops to approximately 86% for lower secondary and 77% for upper secondary schooling (Form 4 and Form 5)1, as shown in Figure 1.


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