THE Education Ministry wants to upgrade the 27 teachers training colleges in to country to universities.
Its deputy director-general Datuk Kusaini Hasbullah said the proposal was submitted to the Public Services Department (PSD) recently.
If accepted, the institutes would award both degrees and diplomas to the graduates.
“This is in line with the ministry’s objective to ensure that all teachers in secondary schools are graduates and 50% in primary schools are degree holders by 2010,” he said.
“We hope the proposal will get quick approval from the PSD,” he told newsmen after presenting diploma and certificates to 742 graduates at the 21st convocation ceremony of the Kuala Terengganu Teachers Training College at Batu Rakit near here recently.
Kusaini said the colleges would continue to offer diploma courses. The entry qualifications for those pursuing degree programmes in the institutes would be similar to universities.
“Those who have completed the degree programme at the institutes will be absorbed as trainee teachers upon graduation,” he said.
Kusaini said there were some colleges which conducted degree programmes for SPM top students through co-operation with certain universities.
He said the students studied for 18 months at the colleges and then continued their education in the universities for between three and four years.
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