The Education Ministry guaranteed that a rise of 15,000 students for the matriculation programme will not affect the selection process for entry into public universities.
It stated the reason being the entry selection procedure will depend on meritocracy and availability of placement at the universities.
The ministry added that the Higher Education Department accounts for organizing entry into public higher learning and knowledge training institutes for anyone with Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM), Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) as well as equivalent skills.
The ministry stated learners who are eligible for the tertiary programmes they apply for will be effective.
“Success in securing a place at public universities depends entirely on merit, availability of space as well as the candidate’s credentials rather than on the category of candidates,” the ministry added.
The ministry explained between 2017 and 2018, there was an improvement of 4,242 STPM entries into public higher learning institutions whereas matriculation entries had improved by 1,981 for the 2018/2019 session.
The ministry’s explianed after Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik’s statement. The Cabinet have decided to raise the matriculation programme student intake from 25,000 to 40,000, but the 90% quota for bumiputra would remain.
Quite a few organizations which includes MCA Youth had raised concerns over lack in student placement in public universities following Dr Maszlee’s announcement.
MCA Youth secretary-general Daniel Wa Wai How stated the intake position of public higher learning institutions has to be increased.