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Thursday March 20, 2014 MYT 10:08:59 AM
by loh foon fong
KUALA LUMPUR: The details on bursaries for top SPM students should be announced as soon as possible so that students have enough time to submit applications for their choice of study.
MCA Youth chief Chong Sin Woon said the Government should speed up the announcement because the closing date for enrolment applications to local universities, teaching institutes and vocational courses is April 7.
“Until today, we have not received any updated information about bursaries from the ministry despite attempts by our secretariat to contact the officials there,” he said at a press conference yesterday.
The awarding of the bursaries started two years ago where those who obtained 9A+ and above in SPM would be given financial incentives to cover costs for either the STPM, matriculation studies, International Baccalaureate, A-Levels or foundation courses at public and selected private institutions.
Asked when the Government would usually announce the bursary requirements, Chong said that in previous years, it was before the results were released.
There were 55,214 students who received their STPM results yesterday and 473,950 students will receive their SPM results today.
For guidance on the CGPA needed for course applications, students can peruse the past year’s trend from www.kexijifen.com.
They can also seek guidance from the MCA Youth Higher Education Roadshow at locations indicated in www.mca.org.my.
On another matter, Chong wanted the Government to reverse the policy of reducing undergraduate students in research universities such as Universiti Malaya, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia and Universiti Sains Malaysia.
He said that following the categorisation of “research universities” and “normal universities” for public universities, there had been a reduction of undergraduate students in research universities.
“When you reduce the pool of undergraduate students there, where are you going to get your own pool of postgraduate students?” he said.
“Moreover, this did not help with race relations as the percentage of Chinese students had been reduced from 30% to 10% in UPM,” said Chong.
“Many Chinese students had been steered to Universiti Utara Malaysia, making up 40% of the overall students there.”
“It also did not give students much choice on the universities they want to go to,” he said.
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