STPM students entry into universities not affected by increased matriculation seats

STPM holders need not worry about entering public universities.

By Huzraifah Atikah

The additional 15,000 seats for the matriculation programme will not affect the intake of STPM students to public universities. 

The Education Ministry said the university intake will still be based on meritocracy and that all qualified candidates with the highest merit points will be given the opportunity to further their studies in public universities, regardless of race, religion, social background and locality.

It said in a statement that qualified candidates who meet the general and special requirements, as well as the selection criteria will be considered based on the selected programme of studies.

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The selection process depends on merit points of 90 percent academic marks and 10 percent co-curriculum marks.

Both STPM and matriculation academic scores are based on the cumulative grade point average or also known as CGPA of the candidate applying for the degree programme.

“The success in getting a place at a public university depends entirely on the candidate’s merit points and qualification, as well as the allocated places, not on the category of the candidate,” it said.

“The number of seats offered in universities also depends on the university’s infrastructure and capacity,” it added. 

It said that the number of STPM holders being offered to public universities has increased over the past two years to 4,242 (21.07 percent), while the number of matriculation holders being offered has shown an increase of 1,981 (10.83 percent) for the 2018/2019 academic year.

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Early last month, Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik said the Cabinet had agreed to increase the number of matriculation students from 25,000 to 40,000 for 2019 intake. 

The decision was taken right after the issue of non-Bumi SPM students being rejected to get into matriculation despite getting a good result in SPM.