New system to help students choose right varsity courses

  • Nation
  • Friday, 06 Mar 2015

KUALA LUMPUR: In a bid to reduce the number of disgruntled school leavers who cannot get courses of their choice in local universities, the Education Ministry’s centralised university unit (UPU) has come up with a new system.

Students can now key in their details and the system will show them the courses for which they are eligible and likely to be accepted.

Deputy Education Minister P. Kamalanathan said this was to reduce the number of disgruntled applicants who could not get their chosen courses when they only met the minimum requirements.

“Applicants must provide their full names, IC numbers and Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA), and the system will suggest a list of public universities and the courses (that they qualify for),” he told reporters after launching a special secretariat to provide guidance to SPM and STPM school leavers on their future study options.

He stressed that school leavers had to go through this step before they could enter their choice of courses in UPU.

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Although applicants meet a course’s minimum requirements, he said there was no guarantee they would get it as there might be other applicants with higher CGPAs. Citing an example from last year, Kamalanathan said there was an applicant with a CGPA of 2.1 who obtained a place in a public university as he had done research and found out the right courses and public universities that he qualified for.

“There was another applicant who had a CGPA of 3.0 but did not get an offer because he only chose popular courses.

“This is why this system will help applicants to know which are suitable courses,” said Kamalanathan.

He urged SPM and STPM school leavers to carefully research all their study options to avoid disappointment.

On those who did not do well in the examinations, Kamalanathan said they could still enrol in other institutes such as community colleges and polytechnics.

On another matter, Kamalanathan said he had discussed the issue of parents in Selangor being unable to register their children for Year One in 2017. They can only do so online a year before their children start school.

“I hope the issue can be resolved in one or two days,” he said.

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