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Some of you remember your ‘O’ and ‘A’ Levels (and how HARD you worked to get good grades!) Then there are others who did the Government Examination for Chinese Schools – and received a certificate like the one shown here.

  1. Sk says:

    Didnt know such an examination exist before Independence. How about Junior or Senior Cambridge. What was Form Six known as then?

    • felicia says:

      Hi SK.
      Would you happen to have certificates for Junior / Senior Cambridge exams? We don’t mind pictures / scans of them :)

    • Ipoh Remembered says:

      Dear Sk

      Didnt know such an examination exist before Independence. How about Junior or Senior Cambridge. What was Form Six known as then?

      Before Independence? The Junior Cambridge and Senior Cambridge examinations were offered in Malaya beginning in the 19th century.

      The Junior Cambridge examination was later known as the LCE examination; and later still, in Malay, as the SRP examination. No matter the name, it was given in the third year of secondary school.

      The Senior Cambridge examination was initially given in the fourth (and final) year of secondary school. Later a fifth year of secondary school was added and the examination was moved to that fifth year. If you passed, you were given your School Certificate (elsewhere known as “O” levels). Subsequent local names for the Senior Cambridge exam: MCE, SPM.

      Later, when two years of Form Six were made available, the examination at the end was for the Higher School Certificate (elsewhere known as “A” levels). (Subsequent local name: STP).

      [Bear in mind that I may have got things mixed up or missed certain details.]

  2. sk says:

    Sorry, Felicia, I dont have a copy of Junior or Senior Cambridge.
    Thanks Ipoh Remembered for the Examination Certificates write out.
    I only knew ” O” level was equivalent to Form Five Certificate & “A” level to Form Six certificate in 1974.
    Recently, I knew from a lower secondary school student that SRP has a new certificate & a new name. I cant remember what it was. So I do not know if SPM or STPM have remained unchanged ?
    Another one brewing now is recognition of UEC in Malaysia but that is a different story.

  3. Ipoh Remembered says:

    Dear sk … You mention the UEC. I have read about it recently. In your opinion are there reasons not to give it recognition? Feel free to address the question by e-mail if it needn’t be discussed here. (You already have my e-mail address.)

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