KUALA LUMPUR: Students who failed to secure places at public institutions of higher learning might have a second chance to further their studies at private colleges and universities, said Deputy Education Minister P. Kamalanathan.
He said the Education Ministry had been told to look into the possibilities of helping the 16,229 students who were left with no offers, through a working solution with private education operators and the National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN).
“We must understand that students have become more intelligent over the years. They are just way too good, they have fulfilled the criteria and done well in exams, I think it is fair to reward them with a place to study,” Kamalanathan told reporters at a press conference during the Popular BookFest@Malaysia event yesterday.
He said the Education Ministry was working on the list of private colleges and universities (IPTS) which will have places available to accommodate the students.
“The students will be given the PTPTN loan to pursue their studies. They will be able to convert their loans to scholarships if they can obtain First Class Honours,” said Kamalanathan.
When asked about the high cost borne by the students if they were to pursue certain courses such as medicine in the IPTS, Kamalanathan said the ministry would request PTPTN to work out a scheme that would not burden the students.
On the book fest which will be held from Aug 3 to 11, Kamalanathan said the event was a way for the ministry to work with the private sector to instil the reading habit among Malaysians.
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