‘Seats for Indian students a one-off move by previous govt’

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 20 Apr 2019

PETALING JAYA: The 2,200 matri­culation seats offered to Indian students for the 2018 academic year was a one-off initiative by the pre­vious government, the Education Ministry said.

This was done based on the needs at the time and involved bumiputra quota vacancies, it said.

“The 90% bumiputra and 10% non-bumiputra intake policy for matriculation, done based on meritocracy, will be maintained this year.”

This means that only the best students in the respective bumiputra and non-bumiputra category would earn a placing.

“The original aim of the ministry’s matriculation programme is to develop bumiputra students’ potential in science, technology and professional (courses) through quality pre-university education.

“This is to produce excellent human capital,” the ministry said in a statement yesterday.

Similarly, it said the 1,000 seats offered to Chinese students last year by the Pakatan Harapan government was a one-off, based on the needs and vacancies at the time.

On Wednesday, former deputy education minister Datuk P. Kamalanathan posted copies of his email to Education Minister Dr Masz­lee Malik and Deputy Education Minister Teo Nie Ching on Facebook.

In his email, Kamalanathan asked about the distribution status of matriculation seats and the actual figure allocated for Indian students.

“This is because many excellent students are not given a place in matriculation,” he posted.

Under the 2019 matriculation programme, the ministry said that 60% of seats had been allocated to students from the lower income group (B40).

“This is in line with the government’s desire to empower the B40.

“The remaining 40% are for middle income (M40) and high income (T20) earners.”

According to the ministry, the implementation of this new policy was “more balanced as it provides opportunities for eligible students and focuses on the B40s on a targeted basis”.

Students who did not receive offers to enter matriculation can appeal either online, in person, post, fax or email.

The deadline for appeal is April 29.

The results of the appeal can be checked through the ministry’s website; send a text message or call the ministry’s Matriculation Divi­sion from May 21.


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