KUALA LUMPUR: Students are advised to check the registration of colleges and courses before enrolling for their studies at any private institution to avoid being cheated.
Deputy director-general of education (private education) Datuk Hassan Hashim also urged students to demand to see the college’s approval letter for their courses and LAN (National Accreditation Board) course accreditation letter.
“You are paying a lot for your tertiary education so you have to ensure you are getting a recognised qualification from an approved institution.
“This is something you have to check before enrolling for any course.
“Please call us should you have any enquiries, we are glad to help,” Hassan told the over 200 parents, students and private colleges operators who attended the session Question and Answer with JPS (Private Education Department) session at the fair yesterday.
He also reminded colleges to display their registration letters prominently for the public to see.
Visitors to the fair had all their queries about private education answered during “informative and entertaining session.”
After a brief presentation on the private education sector by JPS enforcement division director Dr Ariff Kasim, the panel took questions from the floor on issues ranging from the status of particular institutions to securing scholarships and loans for education.
Second-time visitor to the fair, Maslina Hamid, said she was glad that a session with the Education Ministry was included as part of the Career and Education Talks.
“I never knew there were so many aspects to consider when choosing an institution.
“Datuk Hassan hit the nail on the head when he said it was wrong for an institution that offers sewing to have only two machines for 50 students.
“It was a good example as facilities are an aspect I will have to look out for when selecting an institution,” said the Form Five student.
Some visitors used the opportunity to check on the status of institutions recently ordered to cease operation under JPS’s Gempur dan Hebah crackdown.
A parent who wanted to know about the status of the Asian Institute of Medicine, Science and Technology (Aimst) after it made the news for operating without approval for its medical course was informed the institution is now registered, recognised and accredited.
“Part of the problem was that they were taking in students who were under-qualified for the programme.
“All that has been sorted out and they are a legitimate medical school now,” Dr Ariff explained.
Some operators, who were meeting Hassan for the first time, came away impressed.
“He really looks like he means business,” one operator was overhead saying, commenting on Hassan’s warning to operators not to flout the Private Higher Educational Institutions Act.