Mixed reactions regarding ministry’s stand

Mixed reactions regarding ministrys stand

by Cecilia Sman, reporters@theborneopost.com. Posted on October 6, 2014, Monday

MIRI: Academic institutions here have mixed reactions to the news that the Education Ministry has not made a final decision on whether or not the SPM forecast results could be used for admission into pre-university programmes.

Second Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh was reported as saying that they would hold discussions with the stakeholders before making a final decision.

Riam Road Secondary School (RRSS) chief executive officer Datuk Dr Fong Onn Min said if the ministry decided to stay with the current decision of not allowing the use of forecast results, it would be a plus point as this would ensure only qualified students were accepted by institutions of higher learning.

Definitely it is a good decision because from experiences, some forecast results were extremely good but when the actual SPM results came out, it was the opposite, he noted.

On the other hand, he opined his dilemma as he said: It would be unfair to penalise the majority who have good forecast results to forbid them from applying early and getting into university early.

This would mean students have to wait for nine months or more to further their studies, he told The Borneo Post yesterday.

Forecast results are based on the trial examination which students sit for in September, while the official examination is held in November, with results issued by the end of March the following year.

Fong however urged school principals to be meticulous when forecasting results so that they justify the actual achievements of the students, while urging higher institutions accepting forecast results to emphasise school reports too.

Meanwhile, SMK St Columba ex-principal Robinette Tiong said it was important that students be given the opportunity to apply and be able to further their studies early using forecast results.

Policies are policies but I do believe that students should be given the opportunity to use their forecast results to apply for further studies.

Quite a few of my former students went to further their studies immediately after their SPM in January, their actual SPM results were almost similar to the forecast results, Tiong pointed out.

Curtin University of Technology, Sarawak Campus, when contacted yesterday said they also accepted forecast results for application to university.

However, it is only meant for certain courses.

It has been reported in the media that a ministry circular had been sent to private colleges and universities in May prohibiting the use of SPM forecast results as an entrance requirement.

Subsequently, the ministry denied that this was a new ruling and claimed that all institutions of higher learning were aware of it.

News of the circular had private institutions, parents and students in an uproar.

Many were unhappy that the move would cause an eight to nine-month delay for students who opted for tertiary studies that begin in January.

Students who complained said their study plans were now disrupted as they had to wait another three months for the actual SPM results to be released before they could apply for the programmes.

Source: http://www.theborneopost.com/2014/10/06/mixed-reactions-regarding-ministrys-stand/