A TOTAL of 30,757 Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) holders have been accepted into public universities for the 2008/2009 academic session. The figure also includes holders of SPM-equivalent qualifications.
“There are 5,281 additional places offered this year compared to last year when we took in only 25,476 students,” he said, adding that a total of 156,024 students had applied.
Mohamed Khaled said 9,000 students had been accepted into 36 preparatory courses while the rest were enrolled in 133 diploma programmes offered by public universities.
He, however, refused to give the racial breakdown, adding that the Ministry would release the data together with information on Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) holders who were successful in their university applications in one or two weeks’ time.
“I would like to stress that the students were chosen based on the principle of meritocracy introduced a few years ago, said Mohamed Khaled, adding that the selection was done based on students’ academic results (90%) and co-curriculum participation (10%).