Sunday January 27, 2013
5,200 varsity places for students from humble backgrounds
By JEANNETTE GOON
PETALING JAYA: The Cabinet has approved the Higher Education Ministry's proposal to allocate at least 5,200 places in public and polytechnic universities for students from low socio-economic backgrounds.
These include students who come from poor families in both rural and urban areas and those with parents who have disabilities.
Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin said that although many of these students only met the minimum university entry requirements, they would be accepted as they were unable to compete with other students under the merit system.
“They will continue their studies financed by the National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) based on the existing requirements and procedures,” he said in his speech at the launch of the 2013 National Higher Education Carnival at Universiti Malaya here yesterday.
He said the move would create more opportunities for students from poor households to further their education at the tertiary level.
“This will help the Government to focus on raising the income and quality of life of these households and move towards inclusive socio-economic development as envisaged in the 10th Malaysia Plan,” said Mohamed Khaled, adding that the ministry would provide more information soon.
He also gave out book vouchers under the 1Malaysia book vouchers (BB1M) programme to representatives from higher education institutions.
“The value of this year's voucher has been increased from RM200 to RM250,” he said, adding that the higher value was due to the increase in prices of books.
On the dates for application to tertiary education courses, Mohamed Khaled said those who had completed STPM or its equivalent could apply for their undergraduate studies on Sept 1 and 2.
Those who have completed SPM or its equivalent can apply for diploma programmes on June 2 and for foundation programmes on May 26.