The Popularity of Learning Accounting in Malaysian Schools

Ibrahim Tamby Chek
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The subject of accounting is offered to the Form Four, Five and Six students in Malaysian schools as elective subject. This subject has been offered to the Form Six students at the Malaysian Higher School Certificate (MHSC) level since 1979. The response from the students at that time was very encouraging but its popularity for the recent years has declined. The number of candidates registered for this subject is reducing year by year. An urgent need to investigate the problems and to identify solutions to the problems has to be taken. This paper will report the result of an empirical study examining the factors that influence the popularity of accounting among the Lower Sixth Form students. The data from 818 students was analyzed using non-parametric tests. The analysis have identified 11 factors that influenced the students choice. Significant differences in several factors between gender, race, students with different accounting background and the choice of accounting at MHSC were found. This paper will attempt to propose guidelines towards improving the popularity of accounting at MHSC level especially to the Malaysian Examination Council (MEC) and other related divisions in the Ministry of Education. Prepared By: IBRAHIM TAMBY CHEK, ROSLI SAMAT and KHALID ISMAIL Ph.D,

Keywords: Teaching Method, Curriculum Designing, Industrialized Nation, Negative Attitude, Job Opportunity, Knowledge of Accounting
Stream: Curriculum and Pedagogy
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: The Popularity of Learning Accounting in Malaysian Schools

Ibrahim Tamby Chek

Lecturer, Department of Accounting and Finance Faculty of Business and Economics , Sultan Idris University of Education (UPSI)

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