Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC) to Clarify on the 1000 Matriculation Allocation

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by Kalpana Devi

The government matriculation program was initially set-up over 30 years ago as an initiative to assist the Bumiputera students to seek enrolment in the public universities. The matriculation program was initially conducted by public universities as a pre-university program. In the year 1999, the Ministry of Education of Malaysia started taking over the matriculation program in an effort to uniform the syllabus and deliverance of the matriculation program. There ARE about 11 public matriculation colleges in Malaysia.

The recent announcement made by our Prime Minister; Yang Berbahagia Dato’ Sri Najib Razak, to offer an additional 1000 seats to our top scoring Indian students was welcomed by the Malaysian Indian community. Together with the previously offered 500 seats, we now have 1500 seats allocated for top Indian students to pursue matriculation program in public matriculation institutes, as announced by our P.M. ( Please refer to attachment 2 for information on the announcement as promoted by The Malaysian Indian Congress’s portal)

However, the public became a little chaotic and very much confused when a private higher learning institute, Binary College, started promoting on the website, openly, that they have been awarded by the government the project to conduct the matriculation program for the 1000 indian students. The college’s act to suddenly remove all information regarding its promotion on the matriculation program as soon as the public started raising relevant questions regarding their promotion, added on to the public’s suspicion.

As an effort to clarify matters, the public would like the relevant involved bodies to explain in detail on the following:

  • The student selection criteria for the matriculation program
  • The execution of the matriculation program
  • The placement for the students for enrolment in undergraduate programs upon completing the matriculation program.

The objective of pursuing this matter is to ensure:

The noble government initiative is not misused

The 1000 top scorers are given a good foundation program that they deserve

The student’s future of securing places in reputable universities to pursue their undergraduate program is not jeopardized.

The student’s career mobility upon graduating from their undergraduate degree program is not jeopardized due to a mistake in the matriculation deliverance and IPTA/IPTS enrolment process post matriculation program.

The students make a well informed decision to enrol in the matriculation program.

The public learns of the advantages and disadvantages of the matriculation program offered prior to enrollment.

Questions raised by the public on the matriculation program offered to an additional 1000 top Indian scorers by the Malaysian Government.

  1. What are the selection criterions  used by the Ministry of Education to select the 1000 Indian SPM leavers for the matriculation program?
  2. Can the list of students selected for the matriculation program be made public? The people request transparency in the student selection process.
  3. Where will the 1000 students be placed to pursue their matriculation program?
  4. Binary college has promoted on its website that the college has been awarded the project to conduct the government funded matriculation program for the 1000 Indian students. Is that true? (Please refer to attachment 1 for evidence of promotion made by Binary on the matriculation program)
  5. Based on ACT 555, does Binary College have the approval to conduct the government matriculation program?
  6. If Binary’s claim is true, what was the criterion used to select Binary College as the executor of the Matriculation program? What was the strength demonstrated by Binary to obtain this project?
  7. Binary is rated 6 star(highest) for its business, social science and law program but rated 1 star ( the lowest) for the Science, Maths and Computing Programs, in the recent My Quest rating. It was also only rated a mere Tier Three in the most recent SETARA rating ( rating in 2009). Given this factors, is Binary the best choice for the 1000 top scorers ?
  8.  As there are three types of Matriculation offered by the Government syllabus; Matriculation in Accounting, Science and technical studies, what are the matriculation programs to be offered by Binary?
  9. If Binary intends to conduct all matriculation discipline, is Binary well equipped with the necessary infrastructure, teaching force and experience to conduct the matriculation in science program, considering their extremely poor My Quest rating for Science, Maths and Computing related courses.
  10. Why weren’t other highly ranked colleges such as AIMST, Penang Medical College and so on been awarded to conduct the government matriculation program?
  11. What happens to these 1000 students post matriculation? Will all the 1000 students be absorbed into the Public Universities?
  12. If not, where will the students who are not offered a place in the Public Universities, be placed to pursue their undergraduate program?
  13. If students are to be placed in private higher learning institute post matriculation, will the fee structure in the private university be modified to match public university’s fee structure?
  14. Who will fund the tuition fee of the students placed in private tertiary learning institutes?
  15. How widely accepted is the government matriculation program by private tertiary learning institutes locally and globally?                                                                           Upon completing the matriculation program, can a student who was not offered a place in the public university be able to use the matriculation as a pathway to enter top ranking universities globally? If they can’t, what is the purpose of these students being offered to pursue a matriculation program but not guaranteed a place in the public universities. Wouldn’t they be trapped by not being able to pursue their undergraduate degree program in reputable universities.We are concerned of this factor because this factor as the future of 1000 top scoring Indian students is at stake.
  16. Will students graduating from private colleges (those who followed the matriculation path) be recognized and encouraged to enter the civil service? Or is that option forever closed to them?
  17. Which body / organization will monitor the quality of deliverance of the matriculation program, if the program is conducted by the private college?
  18. Is the student’s room and board covered by the government as well throughout the matriculation program?

Public’s Request

Lastly, we humbly suggest to the government to kindly consider absorbing the 1000 students into public matriculation colleges and work towards absorbing all the 1000 students into the public universities provided these most deserving students meet the CGPA requirement post matriculation.