KUALA LUMPUR: Students going to medical schools abroad must ignore unscrupulous agents who claim that they do not need to get the “no objection certification” (NOC) from the Education Ministry.
P. Kamalanathan, the Deputy Education Minister said that the NOC was mandatory in response to the Malaysian Medical Association’s (MMA) request for the Government to review or withdraw accreditation of foreign medical colleges that failed to meet the standards set by the Government.
MMA president Dr N.K.S. Tharmaseelan recently said that the ministry had set a minimum of five B4 credits in the SPM examination for entry to any local or international medical college.
Those seeking admission to medical colleges need to obtain the NOC as well.
“It is a known fact that doctors who failed to obtain the minimum SPM requirements
of five B4 credits to enrol into medical schools have been slipping into the
Malaysian healthcare system,” said Dr Tharmaseelan.
Kamalanathan also said that as far as
the Education Ministry was concerned, obtaining the NOC was a straightforward process.
“The ministry will not give the NOC to students who get a ‘C’ for the critical subjects,” he said at a press conference after launching the Erican College Charity Carnival 2013 and the book Yes, You Can by Datuk Eric Chong, founder of the Erican Education Group, yesterday.
Asked if the ministry would work towards de-listing universities that did not meet
the standards, Kamalanathan said that the Higher Education Sector of the ministry
was currently working closely with the Malaysian Medical Council to resolve the problem.
Meanwhile, Chong said that most people did not think about how to achieve success in their vocations after they graduated from school until they hit a mid-life crisis.
For this reason, the Erican Education Group founder and managing director decided to pen down his thoughts based on his experience as an entrepreneur, educator and mentor in Yes, You Can.
“Success is all about strategies and readers can use the 100 strategies in the book to achieve it,” said Chong.
Yes, You Can is priced at RM89.80 and given free to every student at the Erican College as one of the books for compulsory reading.