How many SPM students goes to University?

Varsity places 'will fall short'

By : Nisha Sabanayagam
Source: NSTonline, 28/05/2008

KUALA LUMPUR: Although local universities have allocated an extra 5,000 seats for post Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) students, many applicants will still have to face disappointment.

Out of 156,024 students who applied to enter universities for the 2008/2009 academic session, only 30,757 will get seats based on the meritocracy system of acceptance.

Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Khaled Nordin said his ministry plans to increase the number of places for students gradually over the years.

"The aim is to provide more access for the public to gain a tertiary education."

He said that this year, the number of seats available was increased by 5,281, which is a 17.2 per cent increase. Last year, the number of places available in universities for post SPM students were 25,476.

Students had a choice of 169 programmes to apply for, 36 of which were pre-university programmes, while the rest were diploma courses, said Khaled.

He added that about 9,000 students had applied for pre-university programmes.

On the racial breakdown of students who would be offered places, Khaled said that detailed information would be given within two weeks.

University placements for post-Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia students would also be announced at that time.

Khaled was speaking after the soft launch of the inaugural Education and Career Malaysia 2008 exhibition, to be held in Pekan, Pahang, from Aug 21 to 24.


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