GEORGE TOWN: Public universities should drop having admission interviews as a criteria before top students can be enrolled into their institutions, said Deputy Chief Minister II Dr P. Ramasamy.
He questioned the need for top scorers to be interviewed as a pre-requisite for admission as they were already excellent students.
“This happens every year and top scoring students have to appeal for places in the local universities,” Dr Ramasamy, a former academician, said told reporters in Komtar here yesterday.
The students, he said, had done their part by producing top results.
He claimed that five students, who were also top scorers in Penang, had come to see him after they failed to get place in the public universities.
“We are not even talking about getting a scholarship. It is just about enrolling in (the local universities). Other factors such as aptitude test and English competency should be dismissed.
“It should all be based on written examinations,” said Dr Ramasamy, who is the state Economic Planning, Education & Human Resources, Science, Technology & Innovation Committee chairman.
He was commenting on the issue of students who did not gain places to study medicine and other courses of their choice in public universi-ties.