Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, MP for Serdang, on the 29th of September, 2014
Many people were shocked when it was reported yesterday that the Ministry of Education had imposed the condition that SPM forecast results would no longer be acceptable for entry into pre-university and foundation level programs in private higher education institutions or IPTS. This move was met with much criticism over social media. The Ministry of Education should immediately withdraw this restriction as it is tremendously unfair for the students who want to pursue their studies in private colleges and universities.
By disallowing SPM forecast results from being used as entry into pre-university and foundation programs, the Ministry is unfairly punishing students who want to enrol in programs in private colleges and universities. A majority of such students enter pre-university and foundation programs in private colleges and universities in January using their forecast results. Many of them have plans to pursue an overseas education. The academic calendar of these pre-university and foundation programs are planned with the intake dates of overseas universities in mind.