IPOH: No academic credits are needed for orang asli students who enrol in government Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) institutions, says M. Kulasegaran.
The Human Resources Minister said the special provision for orang asli was needed to encourage more from the community to take up TVET.
"Previously, they needed to have credits in several subjects such as Bahasa Melayu and History to enrol in TVET. But we feel we need to loosen the intake rules for the orang asli in order to get more of them to study at such institutions," he told reporters after officiating the TVET programme for orang asli at Simpang Pulai near here Saturday (April 27).
Kulasegaran said should any orang asli enrol in TVET, they will also be exempted from paying the admission fee that costs about RM700.
"Orang asli are among those who are being neglected in the country. We want to change that by encouraging them to learn skills in TVET.
"We plan to meet with other ministries to discuss about increasing their RM100 monthly allowance," he added.
He said nearly 94% TVET graduates were offered jobs upon completion of their studies.
"As long as the orang asli student can read and write, we will offer them courses in TVET," he added.