PETALING JAYA: There will be no review of the ruling against the use of Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) forecast results for enrolment into private colleges despite the recent uproar over the issue.
The matter was laid to rest by Second Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh who said the ruling was “nothing new” and questioned the recent hype over the issue.
“I am more shocked that the private institutions of higher learning are saying that they are shocked at the ruling.
“The ruling is not something new as it has been around for years and they are aware of it,” he told a press conference after launching the UMMC-Samsung Sono School at UM Medical Centre here yesterday.
He noted that the circular issued to private colleges in May was merely a reminder of the long-standing ruling.
He said similar reminders were previously issued with action taken against several colleges which had breached the ruling.
“The ruling applies for matriculation and foundation courses which are approved by the ministry via the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA),” he added.
He added that there was no ruling against the results being used for short-term skills or language courses.
He said the ruling was put in place to ensure “best practice” by the nation’s education industry in maintaining recognised global standard set by MQA.
He expressed bewilderment over the uproar over the ruling when it had been accepted by the Malaysian Association of Private Colleges and Universities (Mapcu).
Asked of the fate of students using their forecast results to apply for university entry overseas, Idris said it was up to the universities.
“However, as far as I am aware, applications for entry into the universities are based on formal results,” he said, adding that the ministry would be issuing a statement on the matter soon.
Students sit for the SPM examinations in November and results are usually released at the end of March the following year.
Each year, about 30,000 students register using their school trial exam results for pre-university programmes that start in January.
Mapcu’s president Datuk Dr Parmjit Singh said the association had appealed for the decision to be reviewed.
On Monday, MCA deputy president Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong said that a blanket ban on forecast results for admission into private higher learning institutions would not work.