Tertiary Education & Training
In recent years, serious efforts have been made to ensure proportionate Indian enrolment in institutions of higher education. Except for skills training institutes however, filling up seat allocations for Indian students in other types of higher education institutions is a challenge.
Key Issues & Current Interventions
The relatively low rates in applying and qualifying for IPTAs corroborate the fact of underperformance among Indian students at secondary level and even primary level. Students and parents will also need to be guided on higher education options and the procedures involved as early as is feasible. To address this, SEDIC has funded several information dissemination and guidance initiatives to support students in preparing their tertiary level applications; these efforts should continue.
The low rates in applying for IPTA places could also be due to a combination of low educational performance and financial constraints. Further technical & vocational education and training (TVET) offers an alternative education pathway for students. TVET is also a feasible pathway towards highly valued jobs, on par or even surpassing university qualifications. Under the Economic Transformation Program (“ETP”), Malaysia will require an additional 1.5 million skilled workers in the 12 National Economic Area (“NKEA”) sectors by 2020.
SEDIC with the cooperation of strategic partners including Jabatan Pembangunan Kemahiran (“JPK”) is working with private skills training institutes to provide skills training to Indian youths especially from the B40 group.
SEDIC’s current role should also be expanded to monitor and increase the number of Indian youths admitted into Government skills training institutes as well as to work with industry partners to provide post-training employment opportunities to these youths.
Moving Forward: Recommendations & Initiatives
To increase the proportion of Indians in tertiary or further education and training, this Blueprint aims to achieve the following targets:
To deliver on the targets, this Blueprint aims to effect the following:
1. IB40 Educational Performance Initiative
As part of improving Indian educational performance at the secondary level, the Initiative will include programs to prepare and guide students in Form 4 and Form 5 on higher education and career options, including application procedures.
2. Higher Education Financial Support Program For IB40 Students
A database profiling IB40 students requiring comprehensive financial support (beyond tuition fees) will be established
3. Ensuring and Tracking Allocations
Ensuring 7% of places in Government skills training institutes; 7% of places in IPTAs and other public tertiary institutions; 10% of places in Government polytechnics; 7% of places within TVET institutions such as ILP, ADTEC, GMI and others; 1,500 places in Government matriculation courses; and 7% of JPA, Federal & state scholarships