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Only 1394 out of 1500 matriculation 2014 seats for Indian students filled up?

July 3rd, 2014
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Was watching TV2 Tamil news yesterday. Deputy Education Minister P Kamalanathan was talking about the recent matriculation intake. Out of the 1500 seats allocated to Indian students, 1394 was taken up. Initially more than 6000 students applied, and in the first round nearly 1200 were selected. some of the rejected their places and thus the balance 4000+ who appealed (nearly all who applied appealed) were review and few more were selected.

My question is, out of the 4000 over applicants, we can’t even get 1,500 candidates? Even after review those who appealed? Very strange.


Have a look at the minimum qualification required to apply matriculation:


a) Syarat kelayakan minimum bagi mengikuti Program Matrikulasi ialah seperti berikut :

Jurusan Sains

1.   C    Bahasa Melayu

2.   C    Bahasa Inggeris

3.   B    Matematik

4.      Matematik Tambahan

5.      Kimia

6.   C dalam satu(1) mata pelajaran daripada berikut :

  • Fizik
  • Biologi


Jurusan Perakaunan

1.  C     Bahasa Melayu

2.  C     Bahasa Inggeris

3.  C     Matematik

4.  C     dalam dua (2) mata pelajaran daripada berikut :

  • Prinsip Perakaunan
  • Ekonomi Asas
  • Keusahawanan
  • Perdagangan
  • Sains Tambahan
  • Fizik
  • Kimia
  • Biologi
  • Mata Pelajaran Teknik (Pengajian Kejuruteraan Awam / Pengajian Kejuruteraan Mekanikal/ Pengajian Kejuruteraan Elektrik dan Elektronik / Teknologi Kejuruteraan/ Lukisan Kejuruteraan

5.  E     Matematik Tambahan


Aliran Teknikal

1.  C     Bahasa Melayu

2.  C     Bahasa Inggeris

3.  B     Matematik

4.     Matematik Tambahan

5.     Fizik

6.  C    dalam satu (1) mata pelajaran daripada berikut :

  • Pengajian Kejuruteraan Awam / Pengajian Kejuruteraan Mekanikal/ Pengajian Kejuruteraan Elektrik dan Elektronik atauTeknologi Kejuruteraan

7.   E   E

8.  B  Lukisan Kejuruteraan


I have two relations with string of As who didn’t get the place even after appealing. So what gives? Logically, if you got 6000 over applicants, who all meet the minimum requirements, you can easily fill up the 1500 seats. And yet got 106 places left vacant. That’s 7% gone, and probably the chance for 106 students to get education. did the 106 reject after appeal approved? Didn’t turn up last minute due to campus allocation?

Anyway, I don’t think will get answer to the question.

UPDATE July 5: According to reply from Dep Minister P Kamalanathan via twitter (reply link here): 

Yes sir 4 d remaining 318 places offered 356 students a place 2 do Matrics, but only 212 students accepted d offer

So out of the 356 appellants offered place, 212 (59.5%) accepted and 144 rejected (40.5%). Quite high rejection rate. Maybe due to late appeal results which means they have taken other options, or wrong appellants given offers. 


BTW, application for 2015 intake is now open. Refer

Malaysian students ranking in PISA survey for reading, mathematics and scientific literacy

January 16th, 2012
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The OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) arose from OECD policy initiatives in the latter half of the 1980s aimed at improving the quality of education throughout OECD countries.

PISA  is an international study which began in the year 2000. It aims to evaluate education systems worldwide by testing the skills and knowledge of 15-year-old students in participating countries/economies. Since the year 2000 over 70 countries and economies have participated in PISA.

PISA is an international comparative survey of 15-year-olds’ knowledge and skills in reading, mathematical and scientific literacy.

PISA seeks to measure how well young adults have acquired the knowledge and skills that are required to function as successful members of society.

Sixty-four countries or economies originally participated in PISA 2009: all 34 OECD countries plus 31 partner countries and economies. These 65 participants administered the PISA 2009 tests in 2009.

An additional 10 economies were added in 2010, under PISA2009+. Malaysia is one of the 10, along with Costa Rica, Georgia, Himanchal Pradesh (India), Malta, Mauritius, Miranda (Venezuela), Moldova, Tamil Nadu (India), and UAE.

PISA 2009+ involved testing just over 46 000 students across these ten participants, representing a total of about 1 377 000 15-year-olds.

The PISA sample is drawn from the population of students aged between 15 years and three months (completed) and 16 years and two months (completed) who attend educational institutions and are in the equivalent to Grade 7 or above.

PISA assesses outcomes primarily in the areas of reading literacy, mathematical literacy and scientific literacy.

Reading literacy: An individual’s capacity to understand, use, reflect on and engage with written texts, in order to achieve one’s goals, to develop one’s knowledge and potential, and to participate in society. Mathematical literacy: An individual’s capacity to identify and understand the role that mathematics plays in the world, to make well-founded judgements and to use and engage with mathematics in ways that meet the needs of that individual’s life as a constructive, concerned and reflective citizen. Scientific literacy: An individual’s scientific knowledge and use of that knowledge to identify questions, to acquire new knowledge, to explain scientific phenomena, and to draw evidence-based conclusions about science related issues, understanding of the characteristic features of science as a form of human knowledge and enquiry, awareness of how science and technology shape our material, intellectual, and cultural environments, and willingness to engage in science-related issues, and with the ideas of science, as a reflective citizen.

So, let’s see how our 15-year olds performed among the 75 economies which includes OECD countries:

Students in Malaysia attained a mean score of 414 on the PISA reading literacy scale. This mean score is below the means attained in all OECD countries and equivalent to the mean scores estimated for Brazil, Colombia, Miranda-Venezuela, Montenegro, Thailand and Trinidad and Tobago. In Malaysia, 56% of students are estimated to have a proficiency in reading literacy that is at or above the baseline level needed to participate effectively and productively in life. Students in Malaysia attained a mean score of 404 on the mathematical literacy scale. This mean score is below the means attained in all OECD countries. In Malaysia, 41% of students are proficient in mathematics at least to the baseline level at which they begin to demonstrate the kind of skills that enable them to use mathematics in ways considered fundamental for their future development. In Malaysia, there was no statistically significant difference in the performance of boys and girls in mathematical literacy.

Malaysian students were estimated to have a mean score of 422 on the scientific literacy scale. Malaysia’s mean score was significantly higher than that estimated for the lowest scoring OECD country, Mexico. In Malaysia, 57% of students are proficient in science at least to the baseline level at which they begin to demonstrate the science competencies that will enable them to participate actively in life situations related to science and technology. In Malaysia, there was a statistically significant gender difference of 10 score points in scientific literacy, favouring girls.

FYI, The top economy in the survey, across all 3 areas was Shanghai (China). Singapore was consistently among the top 5, while India’s two states were quite bad, occupying the lower 3 rungs. Other countries which were consistent in top 10 places were Hong Kong, Japan, Finland, Canada and Korea.

Below are some snapshots of the comparison tables.


Math: Science:     The full report (PDF) is found here. (caution: its a 13.5MB size file). sources:,3417,en_32252351_32235731_1_1_1_1_1,00.html

2011 IPTA intake statistics

July 21st, 2011
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Below are the statistics obtained from newspaper articles. We assume the figures are correct.

53 new courses introduced.

11 of them are technology based (20.75% of the new courses) and offered at UMP, UTem, UniMaP and UTHO.

41,267 seats offered for 2011 intake (increase of 1.9% compared to 2010).

27,001 females (65.4%) and 14,266 (34.6%) male students make up the 41,267 seats.

There were 64,703 applicants  and 53,216 (82.2%) of them met the minimum requirements of obtaining a CGPA of 2.0 and above. The balance of  11,487 applied even though their CGPA was below 2.0 (trying the luck).

In short, 64,703 applied. 53,216 qualified (82.2% of all applicants) and 41,267 were offered place (77.55% of qualified applicants).

Breakdown of qualified applicants (53,216):

  • 39,998 (75.16% of qualified applicants) Bumiputera
  • 10,677 (20.06% of qualified applicants)  Chinese
  • 1,813 (3.41% of qualified applicants) Indian
  • 728 (1.37% of qualified applicants)  Others.

Breakdown in terms of places offered (41,267)

  • 29,838 (72.30% of places offered) Bumiputera
  • 9,457 (22.92% of places offered) Chinese
  • 1,511 (3.66% of places offered) Indian
  • 461 (1.12% of places offered)  Others
In terms of percentage vs population, the bumiputera were over-represented, while the Indians and Others were under-represented. The Chinese were fairly represented. This based on population ratio of 65% Bumiputera, 23% Chinese, 7% Indians and 5% Others.

Success rate in terms of [place offered] vs [number of applicants]

  • 29,838 out of 39,998 (74.6%) Bumiputera (lower than the average of 77.55%)
  • 9,457 out of 10,677 (88.58%) Chinese (higher than the average of 77.55%)
  • 1,511 out of 1,813 (83.34%) Indian (higher than the average of 77.55%)
  • 461 out of 728 (63.32%) Others (lower than the average of 77.55%)

Breakdown in terms of stream

  • 21, 954 (53.2%) science stream
  • 19,313 (46.8%) arts stream

There were 6,294 excellent candidates (not sure of the definition “excellent) which were offered places for 8 competitive/critical courses. (Note: category “Malay” was provided instead of Bumiputera).

Dentistry had the lowest places allocated (2.765) while Mechanical Engineering had the most (25.44%).

Medicine – 983 places (15.62% of excellent candidates)

  • 581 (59.10%) Malay
  • 339 (34.49%) Chinese
  • 50(5.09%)  Indian
  • 13 (1.32%) Others

Dentistry – 174 places (2.76% of excellent candidates)

  • 91 (52.30%) Malay
  • 77 (44.25%) Chinese
  • 4 (2.3%) Indian
  • 2 (1.15%) Others

Pharmacy – 283 places (4.50% of excellent candidates)

  • 151 (53.36%) Malay
  • 125 (44.17%) Chinese
  • 7 (2.47%) Indian
  • 0 (0.00%) Others

Chemical Engineering – 919 places (14.60% of excellent candidates)

  • 648 (70.51%) Malay
  • 217 (23.61%) Chinese
  • 45 (4.90%) Indian
  • 9 (0.98%) Others

Electrical and Electronic Engineering – 1,163 places (18.48% of excellent candidates)

  • 923 (79.36%) Malay
  • 209 (17.97%) Chinese
  • 18 (1.55%) Indian
  • 13 (1.12%) Others

Mechanical Engineering – 1,601 places (25.44% of excellent candidates)

  • 1251 (78.14%) Malay
  • 311 (19.43%) Chinese
  • 20 (1.25%) Indian
  • 19 (1.19%) Others

Law – 367 places (5.83% of excellent candidates)

  • 221 (60.22%) Malay
  • 105 (28.61%) Chinese
  • 37 (10.08%)  Indian
  • 4 (1.09%) Others

Accounting – 804 places (12.77% of excellent candidates)

  • 509 (63.31%) Malay
  • 269 (33.46%) Chinese
  • 18 (2.24%) Indian
  • 8 (1.00%) Others

Overall breakdown of the excellent students allocated places in critical/competitive courses:

  • 4375 (69.51%) Malay
  • 1652 (26.25%) Chinese
  • 199 (3.16%) Indian
  • 68 (1.08%) Others

Number of Orang Asli candidates = 38

Number of OKUs (Physically disabled) = 49

Number of national/state athletes: 990

3,018 candidates with CGPA 4.0 (assuming this is STPM + matriculation leavers) have been allocated places: 973 in USM (which has its own intake application) and the balance 2,045 in the other IPTAs.

However, no breakdown was given in terms of the intake channels (STPM vs Asasi vs Matriculation). That would be an interesting statistics.

More students will enter university this year with the introduction of 53 new academic programmes.

With this, there will be 41,267 seats offered by 20 public varsities, marking a 1.9% increase from last year’s intake.

Higher Education Department director-general Prof Datuk Dr Rujhan Mustafa said 11 of the new programmes were technology-based.

“The 11 programmes will be offered at Universiti Malaysia Pahang, Universiti Teknikal Melaka, Universiti Malaysia Perlis and Universiti Tun Hussein Onn,” he said in a press conference at the ministry yesterday.

A total of 64,703 applicants applied for the upcoming September intake and from the total, 53,216 (82.2%) met the minimum requirements of obtaining a CGPA of 2.0 and above.

Meanwhile, there will be a staggered intake at public varsities this year from between Sept 3 to Sept 10.

… Applicants can check their application status by visiting the websites of the ministry or the Universities Admissions Unit website.

Alternatively, students can call the ministry’s hotline at 03-8883 5858 or do a status check via SMS by typing UPU RESULT and sending the SMS to 15888.

Public varsities will issue official offer letters to successful applicants from today and applicants are required to confirm their acceptance by July 22.

Applicants who failed to obtain any offer may submit e-appeals at until July 24.



Another article I referred to is below:

… Seperti tahun sebelumnya, bilangan pelajar perempuan mengatasi bilangan pelajar lelaki, di mana 27,001 calon perempuan iaitu 65.4 peratus berjaya mendapat tempat di IPTA, berbanding 14,266 atau 34.6 peratus pelajar lelaki.

“Dari segi calon yang ditawarkan tempat mengikut kaum, seramai 29,838 daripada 39,998 calon atau 74.6 peratus adalah Bumiputera, 9,457 daripada 10,677 calon atau 88.6 peratus adalah Cina, 1,511 daripada 1,813 calon atau 83.3 peratus India dan 461 daripada 728 calon atau 63.3 peratus dari kaum-kaum lain.

“Dasar pengambilan dan pemilihan kemasukan ke IPTA bagi Program Pengajian Lepasan Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM)/Matrikulasi/Setaraf (Ijazah Pertama) adalah berasaskan prinsip meritokrasi dengan mengguna pakai 90 peratus markah akademik dan 10 peratus markah kokurikulam untuk menentukan nilai merit seseorang calon,” katanya dipetik Bernama Online.

Rujhan berkata, daripada 41,267 calon yang berjaya, seramai 21, 954 (53.2 peratus) adalah calon aliran sains dan 19,313 (46.8 peratus) adalah calon aliran sastera.

Menurutnya, sebanyak 6,294 calon cemerlang ditawarkan untuk mengikuti lapan kursus kompetitif iaitu Perubatan seramai 983 calon (Melayu-581, Cina- 339, India-50 dan kaum-kaum lain-13), Pergigian sebanyak 174 calon (Melayu-91, Cina-77, India-4, kaum-kaum lain-2), Farmasi sebanyak 283 calon (Melayu-151, Cina-125, India-7), Kejuruteraan Kimia sebanyak 919 calon (Melayu-648, Cina-217, India-45, kaum-kaum lain-9).

Kejuruteraan Elektrik & Elektronik sebanyak 1,163 calon (Melayu-923, Cina- 209, India-18, kaum-kaum lain-13), Kejuruteraan Mekanikal sebanyak 1,601 calon (Melayu-1,251, Cina-311, India-20, kaum-kaum lain-19), Undang-undang sebanyak 367 calon (Melayu-221, Cina-105, India-37, kaum-kaum lain- 4) dan Perakaunan sebanyak 804 calon (Melayu-509, Cina-269, India-18, kaum-kaum lain- 8).

Sementara itu, Rujhan berkata seramai 38 Orang Asli, 49 Orang Kelainan Upaya (OKU) dan 990 atlet negeri dan negara turut ditawarkan tempat di IPTA selaras dengan hasrat kerajaan melahirkan graduan holistik yang mampu merealisasikan agenda dan wawasan negara.

Beliau berkata, 3,018 calon cemerlang yang mempunyai Purata Nilai Gred Kumulatif (PNGK) 4.0, sudah pun ditempatkan di 20 IPTA, iaitu seramai 2,045 calon di 19 IPTA manakala bakinya di Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) yang merupakan universiti APEX.




PSD PILN scholarship 2011 statistics

July 12th, 2011
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a TOTAL of 4000 scholarships were offered by JPA for this year for the SPM 2010 leavers. According to JPA, 58.8% (882) of overseas scholarships were granted to Bumiputra students while the rest were for non-Bumiputras (41.2% or 618) (refer this article).  A more detailed breakdown:

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Aziz said 882 Bumiputera students and 618 non-Bumiputera students received the scholarships under the PILN.

For the local degree programme this year, 1,301 Bumiputera students and 1,199 non-Bumiputera students received scholarships, he said during the question-and-answer session in the Dewan Rakyat,


1500 were for overseas while the balance 2500 were for local universities. This is excluding the 86 cases who were given local scholarships after appeal, public uproar and intervention by political parties (as per this article). The breakdown of the 86 cases is available here.

Total number of applicants were 16,900 as per stated in this article. Breakdown of the 16,900 applicants:  7,277, or 43.1 per cent, Bumiputeras and 9,623, or 56.9 per cent, non-Bumiputeras. Only 8,857 of the 16,900 (52.4%) made the cut with the minimum academic requirement of straight 9As and above (refer to this link). But since only have 4000 scholarships, the balance had to be satisfied with local matriculation, diploma and foundation programs.

According to this report in The Star, a total of 1,552 of the 4,000 PSD scholarships for this year were given to Chinese students. Of the figure, 466 scholarships were for overseas courses.

And the report below indicates the allocation for Indian students, which states 245 scholarship to Indian were awarded – 137 scholarships were for overseas universities and 108 in local universities.


In summary:


58.8% or 882 places for Bumiputra

41.2% or 618 places for non-Bumiputra.

31.07% or 466 places for Chinese students (and this is 75.4% of the places allocate for non-Bumiputra)

9.13% or 137 places for Indian students (and this is 22.17% of the places allocate for non-Bumiputra)

1% or 15 places for “other” students (and this is 2.43% of the places allocate for non-Bumiputra)

Total 1500.


52.04% or 1301 places for Bumiputra

47.96% or 1199 places for non-Bumiputra.

43.44% or 1086 places for Chinese students (and this is 90.56% of the places allocate for non-Bumiputra)

4.32% or 108 places for Indian students (and this is 9.01% of the places allocate for non-Bumiputra)

0.2% or 5 places for “other” students (and this is 0.42% of the places allocate for non-Bumiputra)

Total 2500.

IF combine both of the above, 2,183 spots, or 55 per cent, were snapped up by Bumiputera students and 1,817, or 45 per cent, were offered to the non-Bumiputeras (refer this link).

And this is comments from Deputy Minister SK Devamany (if you are looking to apply for matriculation – refer here):

Indian students currently in Form Five have been urged to apply for the matriculation programme for the year 2012/2013.

MIC vice-president SK Devamany said Education Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has invited the Form Five students to apply for next session.

According to Devamany it is better that the students, who are scheduled to sit for SPM this year apply now and not later.

He said the ministry was offering seats in three streams of accountancy, science and technical (engineering).

“This is a good opportunity and every student should apply for the matriculation programme,” he told FMT.

He added the ministry had extended the registration period until end of October.

Those who are interested have go to for further information.

When asked about the Indian students’ involvement in matriculation studies, Devamany, who is also deputy minister in the PM’s Department, said that this year the ministry had allocated 580 seats for Indian students.

But the response, he said, had been poor. Until last month there were only 262 students who registered.

“Since 2009, the government had granted more than 1,000 Indian students the opportunity to study under the matriculation programme but only some 640 accepted the offer,” he said.

Poor response

Meanwhile, he also acknowledged that for the year 2011, the Public Service Department (PSD) has awarded 245 scholarship to Indian.

“From this total,  137 scholarships were for overseas universities and 108 in local universities,” he said.

He added that the government had also awarded Indian students another 100 scholarships under the 1Malaysia Development Board.

He added that since the PSD scholarship became a buzzword, MIC had managed to sort out almost 80% of the cases received.

“MIC studied all the 181 cases received. There were three cases which failed to get scholarships and another 25 who got courses they were not interested in,” he said.

He added that MIC successfully solved 12 of 25 cases of students who wanted to switch courses.

“The balance 13 are still awaiting replies from PSD. I am confident they will get the course of their choice,” he said.

He also said that PSD had already offered scholarships for matriculation courses in public university for the 13 but they refused.

“MIC has put all it’s effort in this scholarship issue and we have already requested the PSD to reconsider the wishes of the 13 for scholarships,” he said.


Financial aid for poor Tamil school students in KL

July 4th, 2011
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I guess have to move fast, because now only want to do survey. Its not as if this problem just cropped up!

Sometimes, the parent from low income category won’t bother paying school fees because they know it would be covered under KWAM or other government schemes. Worse case, the teachers or HM will get some NGO or businessmen to cover the fees.

FINANCIAL aid will be given to poor Tamil schoolchildren in Kuala Lumpur after a survey is conducted by the Education Ministry, said Deputy Urban Development and Wellbeing Minister Datuk M. Saravanan.

Saravanan said nearly a quarter of the Tamil schoolchildren in Kuala Lumpur were under performing because they come from poor homes.

He said from his meetings with chairmen of parent-teacher associations of Tamil Schools he had gathered that there were still many Indian families living in abject poverty.

There are families which do not have even television sets. I can understand if people cannot afford Astro services. But not having a television set is something unheard of in our country,” he said at the launching of the SRJ (Tamil) Segambut annual sports event recently.

The MIC vice-president said there were a large number of pupils who could not afford to pay school fees.

“It is just RM24 per year and if their parents cannot afford even that then they must be given help,” Saravanan said, adding the well being of residents in the city was his ministry’s responsibility.

“We have the allocation but we want to have statistics to show their social economic standing,” he said.

He added that survey forms had been distributed to the chairmen of these PTAs and it would be cross-checked with another survey to be conducted by the Education Department.

Saravanan said the Education Ministry had been notified to conduct a similar survey.

“Only then we will know the financial situation of these poor families and the ministry will start making arrangements for them to receive allocations.

“My ministry has the allocation to eradicate poverty in the city and I will ensure the funds are channelled to hard-core poor families so that their children can do better at school,” he added.

A similar survey conducted last year by a non-governmental organisation (NGO) found that 42% of Tamil schools pupils in the country cannot read and write because they come poor homes.

About 10,000 Tamil school pupils attending Year One are illiterate because they can not afford to attend kindergarten.