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KUALA LUMPUR, 8 Jan 2017:
The Ministry of Education has no plans to restructure the Malaysian Vocational Diploma (DVM) programme to facilitate its graduates continue to pursue their studies in public universities without having to wait for two years as determined currently.
Deputy Minister Datuk P. Kamalanathan said the programme was originally introduced to enable graduates to get employment rather than further their studies.
“The two-year period prescribed to graduates who wish to pursue their bachelor’s degree and meet the criteria for work experience or at least get an APEL (Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning) is not a long period.
“Up to now, the business programme (DVM) has paid off as more than 80% of students who took the course already got jobs.”
He was commenting on a newspaper report on the issue of vocational college graduates not being able to pursue a bachelor’s degree – despite having a vocational diploma – because public universities did not recognise the diplomas concerned.
The Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) said in a statement yesterday explaining that graduates of vocational colleges having a DVM can apply for admission to higher educational institutions nationwide through technical and vocational routes.
Admissions can be met by fulfilling requirements set by MQA, namely of work experience at least until the age of 21 years (two years after the DVM) and getting an APEL certificate.