I RECENTLY graduated from a local private university with a CGPA of 3.65. I was thrilled with my results as, generally, 3.65 would be considered a first-class honours degree.
But, to my dismay, my university only recognises first-class results as above 3.75 and the students were not informed of this while we were studying.
I was upset and shocked as my friends from other universities claim that their university recognises first-class results as above 3.50. My friends studying abroad also say their universities recognise 3.50 and above as first-class.
Some may say that results don’t matter but I wanted to apply for a scholarship to do post-graduate studies. The organisation offering the scholarship only recognises candidates with a first-class degree.
I wrote an appeal stating that my results were technically first-class but the university rejected my request, explaining that they looked at classification of “classes” and not CGPA per se. So my official classification is second-class.
Some of my classmates who scored the same results were also very upset because they would not be able to convert their PTPTN loans into scholarships.
It’s unfortunate that this matter has been taken lightly and it’s affecting many deserving students who plan to pursue their dream, such as getting jobs and furthering their studies.
Results do matter, and a first-class degree would certainly have more advantages. Some companies only hire first class graduates for certain positions, for example.
So what exactly is the CGPA for first-class honours and why do different universities have different grading methods?
I hope the Government and the Malaysian Qualifications Agency can explain to the thousands of graduates out there who are affected by this. B C Puchong The STAR Home News Letters 7 September 2015