Disabled, athletes, Orang Asli, B40 on ‘special’ admission track to varsities

Education Minister Maszlee Malik.

PETALING JAYA: Education Minister Maszlee Malik today announced that students under the person with disabilities (PWD) category, athletes, Orang Asli and B40 groups will be placed on a “special” track for admission to public universities.

In a statement released today, he said this move was part of the “education for all” concept, which is based on the philosophy of equal opportunity.

“I am delighted to say that apart from the opportunities given to mainstream students in Malaysia, we have not forgotten these four categories of people,” said Maszlee, who announced this at the Jom Masuk IPT 2019 launch at Universiti Tun Hussein Onn in Johor earlier today.

The ministry today launched the Jom Masuk IPT 2019 programme as a one-stop information centre for students to obtain information on admission to public higher learning institutions, which include public universities, polytechnics, community colleges and vocational colleges.

This programme is also being held in conjunction with the start of admission applications to public higher learning institutions from Feb 25 to April 2 this year.

The programme is set to be held in Kota Kinabalu and Universiti Sains Malaysia in Penang on March 9-10, Kota Bharu on March 16-17, Kuching, on March 23-24, and MAEPS in Serdang (Selangor) on March 30-31.