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Foreign students who miss classes often must be reported

 | June 30, 2017

Institutions of higher learning should lodge reports with the relevant ministry so Immigration Department can monitor the whereabouts of these foreign students.

mustafar-studentPUTRAJAYA: PUTRAJAYA: Only a handful of institutions of higher learning (IPT) lodge reports when foreign students at their colleges do not attend classes over long periods of time, says Immigration director-general Mustafar Ali.

He said this when commenting on calls by several parties for the entry of foreign students to be tightened following the issue of drug-related activities among those who enrolled at various IPT.

He said IPTs should report to the Higher Education Ministry (KPT) when foreign students disappeared, so that the Immigration Department could begin monitoring their movements.

“The Immigration Department has always worked with KPT to monitor the whereabouts of students to ensure they are here to study.

“However, IPT should also lodge a report to the KPT to facilitate our monitoring,” he told reporters after observing the E-Card registration process at the Immigration Department head office here last night.

Asked if IPT could face action for failing to report such cases, he said the matter was up to the ministry as it was the body regulating IPT in the country.

Two days ago, Bukit Aman Narcotics CID director Mohd Mokhtar Mohd Shariff said Nigerian nationals comprised the highest number of those arrested for drug cases and that many had entered the country on student passes.

According to him, based on statistics for 2015, 2016 and this year, 358 foreign students were arrested for possession and trafficking of drugs.

Following that, several parties have called for more stringent checks on IPT especially private colleges that enrolled large numbers of foreign students.


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