Ministry gets 1,500 varsity appeal letters


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 09 Jun 2004

BY FOONG PEK YEE

KUALA LUMPUR: The MCA Youth national education bureau has submitted appeal letters from 1,500 STPM and matriculation students to Deputy Higher Education Minister Datuk Fu Ah Kiow for him to act on. 

Bureau chairman Dr Wee Ka Siong, who led an eight-man delegation to see Fu for about two hours at his ministry here on Monday, said they had a lengthy discussion on the predicament faced by the students.  

He said the MCA Youth had also requested that those with a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.0 and above be given a place in the public universities, adding that there were students with CGPA of 3.4 who were not offered a place.  

Of the 85,966 students who applied for admission into 14 public universities, 84% qualified for entry based on the minimum requirement of a 2.0 CGPA but only 45% were offered places.  

He said the 1,500 included 162 who had a CGPA of 3.92, 142 with between 3.84 and 3.75, 124 with between 3.75 and 3.5, 199 with between 3.5 and 3.0 and the rest less than 3. 

Dr Wee pointed out that cases which could not be entertained would include those who appealed to change university or wanted universities closer to home.  

The worst-hit group, he said, was those with a CGPA of 3.92 as most of them were given courses which were far from what they had applied. Many with a CGPA of 3.84 had a similar problem. 

“They had applied for courses like medicine, pharmacy, dentistry and related courses but were offered courses like geology, zoology, marine science, wood-fibre and nursing. 

“They deserve something more compatible like biomedical, bio-tech and optometry,” he said when asked to comment on these “mismatched” cases during an interview in the Parliament House yesterday.  

The cut-off point for entry to medicine in public universities is a CGPA of 4.0 while that for pharmacy and dentistry is 3.94. 

Dr Wee also hoped that the places for non-medical courses vacated by the 128 top scorers (with a CGPA of 4.0) after they were allowed by the Cabinet last week to do medicine locally would be given to those with a CGPA of 3.92.  

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