The Ministry of Education established the Matriculation Division on 1 September 1998 in order to coordinate all matriculation / foundation programmes previously managed by public institutions of higher learning.
In the 1999/2000 session, the Matriculation Division of the Ministry of Education started the Matriculation Programme for students who sat for the 1998 SPM examination.
Starting from the 2000/2001 session, all matriculation programmes except those by the International Islamic University and Centre for Foundation Studies in Science of the University of Malaya were managed fully by the Matriculation Division.
The Ministry of Education Matriculation Programme is a preparatory programme for bumiputera students with Malaysian Certificate of Education to qualify them for degree courses in science, technology and the professional arts in public and private universities.
Pre-university studies take two (2) semesters. The programme curriculum focuses on the academic aspect without neglecting the co-curricular aspect.
The students produced are knowledgeable and competent, as well as have exemplary personal qualities and leadership capabilities.
All students in this programme follow the same syllabus and undergo the same evaluation method. The selection of students to enter university is made only after they have passed the Matriculation Programme.
Starting from the 2003/2004 session, the Matriculation Programme is conducted at matriculation colleges and MARA Colleges only. The list of Ministry of Education Matriculation Colleges can be found in the Directory of Institutes.
The Ministry of Education Matriculation Programme offers three (3) areas of study:
In addition to the subjects within the areas of specialisation, the following subjects are compulsory for all students:-
All students of the Ministry of Education Matriculation Programme are required to take one of the following co-curriculum subjects:-
Based on the Continuous Assessment, Mid-Semester Test and Matriculation Programme Semester Examination
Students of Matriculation Programme are sponsored by the Ministry of Education.
Students who obtain a CGPA of 2.00 (grade C) and above may be considered for admission into public institutions of higher learning.