A backbencher yesterday suggested that a single system be used for admission of students to institutions of higher learning, instead of the current practice of basing eligibility on either the Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) or matriculation examinations.
Datuk Seri Dr Fong Chan Onn (BN-Alor Gajah) said the current method had given students the perception of injustice in the system because many eligible students found that they could not get a place in local universities.
“Many students are dissatisfied because they are denied the opportunity to attend the matriculation programme which takes only one year compared to STPM which takes two years to complete,” he said during the debate on the motion of thanks to the royal address in the Dewan Rakyat.
Fong, the previous Human Resource Minister, also suggested that the government include vernacular schools in the national education system instead of tolerating them as a political compromise.
He suggested that all vernacular schools on private land be recognised as government schools with the condition that the land be used only for education purposes.