I-kad for international students

It's valid: Muhyiddin (centre) together with Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (third from left), Second Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh (right) and Deputy Education Minister P. Kamalanathan (second from right) together with international students at the launching.

INTERNATIONAL students will be issued with an i-kad by the Education Malaysia Global Services (EMGS) from July 1.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the card would be used as a valid travel document for international students in Peninsular Malaysia.

“The i-kad contains information such as the student’s name, date of birth, passport number, name of institution the student is registered at, international student pass expiry date and photo.

“The i-kad will be issued by the Immigration Department of Malaysia through the EMGS’ one-stop centre from July 1 for the purpose of new international students’ pass applications and the renewal of pass applications,” he said at the launch of the i-kad for international students on Thursday.

The EMGS is a one-stop centre for foreign student enrolment set up by the Education Ministry and since February this year, it has been providing a single interface for foreign student pass application, processing and issuance.

Muhyddin who is also Education Minister, said the i-kad’s validity depended on the length of time of the student’s chosen course.

“If the student wishes to continue his or her studies for a Master’s degree or PhD, the validity period of the i-kad can be extended,” he said.

Muhyiddin said it would take five working days to prepare the i-kad if the required information and documents were submitted.

Any misuse of the card, he added, would be handled by the Immigration Department.

Muhyiddin said Malaysia is currently ranked the world’s 11th most preferred study destination, according to a Unesco report.

Meanwhile Bernama reports that Muhyiddin is keen on seeing the Trust Schools programme being introduced to more schools.

“Trust Schools have contributed to the transformation of schools,” he said earlier last week at the Sarawak Trust Schools Programme at SK Tabuan, near Kuching, Sarawak.

He added that Yayasan Amir, a foundation under Khazanah Nasional Berhad should continue to work with the Education Ministry to reach out to more schools after the resounding success of the programme. which was initiated in 2010.

Muhyiddin said the programme centred on four key objectives — developing high quality leadership and management, improving quality of learning and teaching, maximising student achievement and potential and engaging parents — as part of the school’s community.

A main priority at the Trust Schools is to provide a rich and engaging learning environment, so that students can fulfil their personal and scholastic potential.

The Trust Schools programme first involved 10 schools and there are now 30 such schools throughout the country comprising high, medium and low-performing schools with students from diverse socio-economic backgrounds, he added.

Based on an impact report released by Melbourne University in Australia, Trust School programmes have improved the competency of the teachers in areas of teaching, education and activities. In three years, teachers were able to improve their competency and focus on activities. Interaction between teachers, parents and students had also improved tremendously, according to the report. The report also said that the participation of parents in the programme had grown, which Muhyiddin said was in line with the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025.

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