No major impact on intakes

SEVERAL higher education institutions have said that the delay in the release of the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) results will not cause a major impact on their intakes.

Multimedia University (MMU) president and chief executive officer Prof Datuk Dr Ahmad Rafi Mohamed Eshaq said that the delay will not affect the university’s enrolment date.

“We anticipate that some students especially those from out station may choose to join later intakes.

“MMU’s intakes are in April, July and November for all programmes, therefore students have the option to join any of these once they have obtained their SPM results,” he added.

On Tuesday, Education director-general Tan Sri Dr Khair Mohamad Yusof said that the SPM results would be released on March 16.

Referring to the issue of the announcement date which had gone viral on social media, Dr Khair said in a statement that the ministry always ensured that the preparation of the SPM results are done according to the standard operating procedure and that the students’ results are accurate.

The results are usually released at the beginning of March.

Taylor’s University said in a statement that the varsity will not change its enrolment dates but is proposing to extend the period to three weeks in order to give students more time to apply.

“The impact is manageable,” the varsity added.

A UCSI University spokesperson said that the delayed announcement will not make a big impact on the enrolment for the new student intake.

“Enrolment will still go on. One or two weeks delay does not really affect us,” he said.

Sunway Education Group and Sunway University senior executive director Elizabeth Lee said

most universities schedule their intake enrolments close to the release of the SPM results.

“Therefore in that sense, it will affect the actual enrolment dates.

“Sunway University has a few courses that start on March 16. We will give leeway to students who may have to travel from afar to come to our university,” she said.

Lee said the university will adjust its enrolment dates.

Malaysian Association of Private Colleges and Universities president Datuk Dr Parmjit Singh said the delay could affect student enrolment in some higher education institutions.

“Classes usually start on a certain date. We plan our schedules based on the previous year’s exam results’ release as a reference,” he said.

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