Activities to count in varsity entrance


Sunday April 16, 2006

Activities to count in varsity entrance

PETALING JAYA: Starting next year, the Education Ministry will be responsible for the calculation of points for those applying to public institutions of higher learning (IPTAs) based on co-curricular activities.

And in line with the decision to adopt the 90:10 ratio in terms of weightage given to academic results and co-curricular activities for entry to IPTAs, the Education Ministry will be working closely with the Higher Education Ministry to streamline these activities at the school level.

Education Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein and Higher Education Minister Datuk Mustapa Mohamed said this in joint statement yesterday.

Currently, admission is based on examination results, with co-curricular performance being used as the tie-breaker in cases where two students have the same cumulative grade point average.

National Union of the Teaching Profession president Ismail Nihat said the new system would be a good way to give certain students an edge, as there were now many who excelled academically.

However, the ministry should have a common standard of assessment and ensure that the process is transparent, he said.

On another matter, the ministers announced that a joint committee comprising senior officers of both ministries had been established.

It will meet monthly. Among other things, the committee will discuss the oversupply of teachers comprehensively, they said.

The ministers also advised institutions involved in training teachers to work closely with each other to ensure that the supply of graduates met the Government’s needs and those of private institutions of education.