Malaysian Sports Schools

INTRODUCTION TO MALAYSIAN SPORTS SCHOOLS

The intention to establish sports schools in Malaysia was first considered in the late 80s. On 20 January 1988, the Cabinet approved the National Sports Policy, a comprehensive document towards the advancement, progress and development of sports in the country. Through the formulation of this policy, it is the country’s desire and aspiration to produce a healthy, fit, united, disciplined, productive society and a generation of competent athletes to enhance and reinforce the country's image internationally.

The Ministry of Education has given fresh emphasis to the role of sports and co-curricular activities to produce students who are physically, emotionally and intellectually balanced. Recognising the important role of sports in fostering national unity and the need to produce athletes of high calibre, the plan for the establishment of sports schools was approved in the 5th Malaysia Plan (1991 - 1995). Sports schools, while they are similar to fully residential schools, focus on the following concepts:

  1. Development of world-class student athletes
  2. Use of professional coaches
  3. Sports Science specialisation across the curriculum
  4. Emphasis on sports as a career

In 1996, the first Malaysian sports school, Bukit Jalil Sports School, was built in the National Sports Complex. Its success in producing athletes for the Commonwealth Games led to the construction of the second sports school, Bandar Penawar Sports School, in Kota Tinggi, Johor in 1998.

To provide opportunity and equality to students with sports potential, the government will build another three sports schools in the 9th Malaysia Plan in Pahang, Sabah and Perlis.

DEFINITION OF MALAYSIAN SPORTS SCHOOL

A Malaysian sports school groups together potential student athletes so that their sporting and academic talent can be nurtured and enhanced under the guidance of dedicated coaches and select academic teachers. Through more structured and efficient monitoring, improvement in academic and sports performance can be balanced and integrated.

From the aspects of management and administration, the school follows entirely the concept of the fully residential school which is equipped with sports and academic facilities.

METHOD OF ADMISSION

  1. Primary School Students (Years 5 and 6)

    Admission of student athletes to sports schools is through the process of talent identification, talent search, talent scouting, and nomination by national sports associations and the National Sports Council. Offers of admission are made year-long based on current vacancy and sporting needs. The intake of student athletes is based on the needs of the country’s core sports.
     
  2. Secondary School Students (Forms 1-5)

    Admission of student athletes to sports schools is through the process of talent identification, talent search, talent scouting, and nomination by national sports associations and the National Sports Council. Offers of admission are made year-long based on current vacancy and sporting needs.
    Minimum academic qualification of student athletes is 3Cs in the UPSR and 4Ds in the PMR.
     
  3. Pre-University Programme

    The intake of pre-university programme student athletes is based on SPM results and fulfilment of the stipulated general requirements. Those selected are student athletes who represent the country or who have the potential to represent the country in the near future. Application is made online at the MOE website. Entry requirements are as follows:
     

GENERAL CONDITIONS:-

  • Has represented the country/Has the potential to represent the country
  • Has taken the SPM examination and passed Malay Language
  • Aged not more than 20 on the date of registration of the year of admission
  • Active in chosen sport continuously and recognised by the National Sports Council and national sports associations
  • Pass the interview by the selection committee if required

SPECIAL CONDITIONS :

  1. SCIENCE STREAM
    1. Minimum distinction in Modern Mathematics; and
    2. Passed in at least two of the following subjects:
      1. Biology
      2. Physics
      3. Chemistry
      4. Additional Mathematics
      5. Information Technology
      6. Commerce
      7. Basic Economics
      8. Principles of Accounts
      9. English
      10. Engineering Drawing
      11. Invention
      12. Engineering Technology
  2. PROFESSIONAL ARTS STREAM
    1. Minimum pass in Modern Mathematics; and
    2. Pass in 2 of the following subjects:
      1. Commerce
      2. Basic Economics
      3. Principles of Accounts
      4. English
      5. Engineering Drawing
      6. Invention
      7. Engineering Technology
      8. Additional Science
      9. Information Technology
      10. Biology
      11. Physics
      12. Chemistry
      13. Sports Science

NUMBER OF MALAYSIAN SPORTS SCHOOLS

There are currently only two sports schools, namely:

1. Bukit Jalil Sports School
National Sports Complex
57000 Kuala Lumpur
Tel : 03-90587335
Faks : 03-90587153
Kod Sekolah : WEA 0230

2. Bandar Penawar Sports School
81900 Kota Tinggi
Johor
Tel : 07-8223027
Faks : 07-8223028
Kod Sekolah : JEA 3015


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