Sabah wants more SPM/STPM students in higher studies

 

By MOHD IZHAM B. HASHIM

KOTA KINABALU: Only 50 per cent from 40,000 school leavers in Sabah proceed to tertiary education after their fifth form and sixth form examinations.

They continue their education either in private or public institutions of higher learning, said State Minister of Education and Innovation, Datuk Dr Yusof Yacob.

He said the percentage was low and that his ministry was determined to ensure more of them have the opportunities to pursue higher education.

“Every SPM and STPM student deserves equal opportunities to pursue further studies at IPTA (public) and IPTS (private) higher education or vocational institutions to prepare themselves for future challenges,” he told reporters yesterday during his fact-finding visit to Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Sabah.

“Furthermore, rural students face hurdles with finances and locality which hinder them from pursuing higher education,” he said, adding that the availability of scholarships would widen options for rural students to further their studies.

To resolve the issue, Yusof said the ministry is meeting operators and stakeholders to gain feedback and insight before moving ahead with plans to review state education policies with an aim to improving the education system in Sabah.

“We need to get the right picture of the situation and collect sufficient information, then we can use this as a guide to further enhance Sabah’s education system,” he said. Accompanying the minister include UiTM Rector, Professor Datuk Dr Abdul Kadir Rosline.

Yusof said the UiTM visit provided the ministry with positive and constructive feedback which would be helpful to efforts to review education policies in the state.

 
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New Sabah Times