Entry to public unis

FORTY-three out of 44 orang asli students were offered undergraduate places in public universities for the 2010/2011 academic session beginning next month.

This follows Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin’s announcement on Tuesday that orang asli students would be guaranteed places in public universities as long as they meet the minimum qualifying requirements.

The single student who failed to obtain a spot was disqualified because he failed his Mathematics paper.

Higher Education director-general Datuk Dr Radin Umar Radin Sohadi said that orang asli students who did not qualify for an undergraduate programme are encouraged to apply for a diploma course suitable for their qualifications.

He said: “In line with the Government’s policy to realise Malaysia’s National Key Result Areas (NKRA) — that is, increasing access and equity in higher education — the ministry is very aware and committed towards socially disadvantaged groups like the orang asli, the physically disabled (better known by their Malay acronym, OKU), and bumiputras from Sabah and Sarawak.”

He added that in order to strengthen sports in public universities, the ministry has also coordinated university entries so that state and national athletes are given the opportunity to practise their sports at the appropriate IPTA (the Malay acronym for public higher learning institutions) Sports Excellence Centre.

“This is the Government’s effort to produce holistic graduates who are capable of realising the national vision and agenda,” he said.

by Tan Shiow Chin.

Read more @ http://thestar.com.my/education/story.asp?file=/2010/6/20/education/6496556&sec=education

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