More places in residential schools

UP to 60 percent of the student intake in fully residential schools will be for children from the B40 families, starting from the 2019 admission.

The Education Ministry said it will facilitate the potential students from the B40 group, in line with the new government policy to help the underprivileged receive quality education.

“The intake will provide more opportunities for children from B40 families from the rural and poor urban areas as well as the children of uniformed service members.

“The ministry is committed to ensuring that these students are given the best possible opportunity to attend residential schools,” it said in a statement.

B40 refers to the bottom 40% of households with a monthly income of RM3,900 and below. However, the ministry added the selection process to enter Form One in 2019 will also take into account several other factors such as the applicant's selection of residential schools, its enrolment capacity, the applicant's gender and locality.

For the 2019 intake, the ministry said it received 77,487 applications for residential schools with 21,841 meeting the basic qualifying requirements.

Among the requirement are to be a Malaysian citizen, obtaining the minimum level of achievement in UPSR, achieving the tolerance level (of 65 percent) in the residential schools’ admission test and achieving merit in the Physical Activity, Sports and Co-Curriculum Assessment and Psychometric Assessment. — Bernama

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