Friday, July 16, 2010

Media Statement by M.Kula Segaran, National Vice Chairman of DAP, MP Ipoh Barat

The Prime Minister must clarify whether his 9A+ announcement means that a
student who has scored 9 A + in any subject, including Mandarin or Tamil subject
is entitled to the JPA scholarship or the JPA stipulated requirement in 9
specified subjects still applies?


When opening the 64th MIC annual general meeting on July 10, the Prime Minister
Dato Sri Najib announced that all students obtaining 9A+ and more for their
Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia examination will receive the Public Service Department
(JPA) scholarships for either overseas or local universities.

He received a standing ovation when he mentioned all students would get the
scholarship irrespective of race.

In response to his announcement, I had on July 11 asked three questions as
follows through tweeter:-

1. does the “ 9A+ subjects” refer to the core subjects only?
2. what about those with less than 9+? No more scholarships for them?
3. does this mean that the Cabinet has revoked its earlier decision to
phase out the JPA scholarships?

However, till today, neither the Prime Minister, the Minister of Education nor
the JPA has made any further statement or clarification on the above issues.



In fact, I have subsequently received enquiries from some parents as to whether
their children who had scored 9A+ but did not apply for the JPA scholarships
earlier can do so now.



I don’t understand why till today the government is not able to make the
necessary clarification as surely such details would have been discussed and
ironed out before the Prime Minister made his announcement.



Some parents and students are especially eager to know if the Prime Minister’s
announcement refers to any subject or the core subjects specified by JPA
scholarship application guidelines.



In other words, they are eager to know if Tamil and Mandarin subjects are
included in the 9A + mentioned by the Prime Minister.

In the JPA scholarship application guidelines, minimum requirement have been set for 9 subjects which vary according to programme.

For example, for students wishing to pursue medical degrees in United Kingdom,
India , Ireland, New Zealand, Russia , Dentistry degrees in Australia, Ireland,
New Zealand , United Kingdom and pharmacy degrees in Australia, New Zealand
United Kingdom , International Medical University , the JPA guideline
stipulates that applicants must “ mendapat sekurang kurangnya A- dalam sembilan
(9) matapelajaran berikut :-

a. Bahasa Melayu
b. Sejarah
c. Pendidikan Islam atau Pendidikan Al Quran dan As Sunnah atau Pendidikan
Syariah Islamiah atau Pendidikan Moral
d. Fizik
e. Kmia
f. Biologi
g. Matematik
h. Matematik Tambahan
i. Bahasa Inggeris


Hence, Tamil and Mandarin are not listed as the core subjects for the above
programmes.

If the Prime Minister’s announcement means that the 9 A+ refers to any subject,
it must therefore mean that the JPA guidelines no longer apply and therefore his
announcement must also mean that A+ in Tamil and Mandarin subjects are also
considered in the 9 A+.

But is this really the case? Why is the government keeping silent on the
necessary clarification?



The Prime Minister must clarify whether his 9A+ announcement means that a
student who has scored 9 A + in any subject, including Mandarin or Tamil subject
is entitled to the JPA scholarship or the JPA stipulated requirement in 9
specified subjects still applies?


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