KUALA LUMPUR – The Ministry of Higher Education has taken several initiatives to increase the number of Orang Asli being admitted to institutions of higher learning.
Through a written answer that was circulated in Parliament today, the ministry said the initiatives were taken following a reduction in admissions recorded for the 2015/16 and 2016/17 academic sessions.
“The number of applications from Orang Asli students for the 2016/2017 academic session was 607 compared to 719 in the 2015/2016 academic session, a decline of 16 per cent.
“For the 2016/2017 academic session, out of the 344 eligible candidates, 284 candidates (83 per cent) managed to get a placement. In the 2015/2016 academic session, only 325 candidates or 52 percent of the 626 eligible candidates were offered places,” said the ministry.
Among the measures taken were providing a special entry channel for Orang Asli to ensure they obtained placements at public universities, polytechnics, community colleges and public skills training institutes.
The ministry also held a series of outreach programmes with the cooperation of the Department of Orang Asli Malaysia (JAKOA) to provide more comprehensive information and exposure on how to make application and criteria for admissions to these institutions. – BERNAMA