I went back to my secondary school few days back ago. In the staff office...
Teacher : "Oh... Kiasi... Mana lu pergi???"
Me : "Tengah belajar."
Teacher : "Oh~~ Tengah belajar~~ Belajar di mana?"
Me : "TAR Kolej."
Teacher : "Oh... Belajar apa?"
Me : "Diploma dalam perakaunan."
Teacher : "Oh... Ini cina semua kaya-kaya belaka lah~~~ Semua pun pergi IPTS-IPTS... Berapa kos dia?"
Me : "6 ribu untuk 2 tahun."
Teacher : "Wahhhhh~~~~ $$ Mahal giler..."
Me : "Cheap what... RM6000 for 2 years. You go other institute and see..."
Teacher : *underestimating look* "RM6000 what, RM6000 what. You pay and see. Go apply matrix or worse come to worse, go Form 6 lah... And then can go for local U summore. 'U' summore."
Me : "But for accounting, TARC is still one of the best in Malaysia."
Teacher : "TARC is a college only..."
Now many people, especially those people who think that private colleges are expensive, have one perception - "Local universities are the best."
RM6000 is considered cheap, I mean for 2 years period. Ignore my partly-scholarhip. The teacher whom I chatted with her on that day, is actually quite rich. Master in BM, has only one kids (number of kids does determine the wealth of a family, ok?), and has a maid.
Now let us calculate (now I'm a accounting trainee already):
A maid's monthly salary = RM400
A maid's yearly salary = RM4800
A maid's 2-years salary = RM9600
*food, accomodation, pass are not included yet.
So, what do you think.
Take it another way, people always said, studying Form 6 is just wasting your time.
Let's calculate again (accounting trainee):
wait for SPM result = 3 months
wait for Form 6 school reopens = 3 months
study form 6 = 18 months
wait for result = 3 months
wait for universities intakes = 3 months
degree course = 36 months
total = 66 months (5.5 years)
mine = 54 months (4.5 years)
net loss = 1 year
now, let's calculate the salary (accouting trainee liao):
If fortunate, I'll be graduating at 21, which means I can work for 34 years.
For a local U graduate, he/she will be graduating at 22, which means can work for 33 years.
The one year difference is not calculated by the fresh-grad paid, but the 34th-year salary, as the one who escapes from Form 6 has the 34 years of experience. So, my aiming isn't that high. I work for 34 years. By that time, just put a RM5000 figure. Subtract the taxes, inflation rate, and miscellaneous, left RM2000 (satisfy?). My one year earning will be RM24000 (12*RM2000). Enough to cover the RM6000? Yes.
Of course, universities are good. But due to the high demand, students tend not to get what they want.
In fact, selections of tertiary education level depend on what course do you want. For psychology, go for HELP University College. For business administration, got for Nottingham University. For Accounting, go for TARC. For law, go for Brickfield College. For electric & electronic, go for MMU. For pre-u, go for Taylors. For medicine and others, I think local u still rule.
But back to my situation, the course fees, are actually slightly more expensive by a little bit. A local u grad has to pay around RM4000 (is it? correct me if I'm wrong). If refer back, one year's difference is only RM1000. But my current situation is partly covered by scholarship due to my 9A's *kembang*. So, who is losing?
I'm here not to go against the local universities. But just compare both. Who the hel said that RM6000 is considered expensive?