5 Things on Higher Education That Will Change According to the Pakatan Harapan Manifesto

Published by on May 16, 2018, 08:05 am

Following Pakatan Harapan’s victory in the recent General Elections, the new government will be implementing new policies and refinements as outlined in their election manifesto, Buku Harapan. There are 194 pages altogether, and a few of them do highlight the changes that will be made regarding the education system. 

The five things that will see change in the future regarding higher education is as follows: 

1. Restructuring of the PTPTN loan repayment and abolishment of the PTPTN blacklist

The repayment of PTPTN loans will be reconstructed so that the total payment depends on the amount of the borrower's salary. For borrowers who earn less than RM4,000 a month, the repayment will be postponed until they have reached said amount in salary.

PTPTN’s blacklisting policy will also be abolished, in which those with outstanding loans are not be allowed to renew their passports and are barred from leaving the country.

2. Unified Exam Certificate (UEC) will be recognised by local public universities

The UEC Certificate is generally accepted for admission to undergraduate degree programmes at leading universities overseas and select private institutions in Malaysia. In 2010, UEC certificates were also accepted for admission to the Bachelor of Education (Chinese) degree programs at the Institut Pendidikan Guru Malaysia (IPG) under the Ministry of Education. However, until now the UEC certificate has not yet been recognized for admission to local public higher education institutions.

The new government plans to make UEC qualifications recognised by all local public universities in Malaysia to widen the opportunities of students in Chinese independent high schools. UEC certificates will be considered equivalent to the STPM level as an eligibility requirement to enter local public universities as long as the student has obtained at credit in the Bahasa Melayu subject at SPM level.

3. Improvement of Technical Education and Vocational Training (TVET)

TVET will be more structured, beginning with the development of the German Dual Vocational Training (GDVT) all across the country. Through this scheme, companies are given incentives to conduct in-job training for TVET students.

4. More scholarships and loans for students from B40 and M40 families

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The number of scholarship opportunities and tuition loans will be increased, particularly to help those from the B40 (income of below RM3,860) and M40 families (income between RM3,860 and RM8,319) to accommodate the cost of living while studying. Government-owned companies will also do their part to ensure the success of this agenda.

5. Massive Online Open Courses (MOOC) will be expanded on

The Government will expand its educational opportunities using recognised and accredited MOOC so that students can use modern technology to continue their studies in the areas of interest.

For more information about MOOC, click here.

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