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PUBLISHED: Aug 18, 2014 8:00pm

Only 418 out of 1,163 brilliant students get to do medicine this year

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Deputy Education Minister P. Kamalanathan says the limited number of applicants who received offers to take up medicine this year is meant to control the number of medical graduates and prevent a flood of doctors joining the workforce. — TRP file graphic

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KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 18. 2014:

The government has only offered 418 qualified students to take up medical studies in local institutions of higher learning (Ipta) this year.

Deputy Education Minister P. Kamalanathan says the limited number of offers was meant to control the number of medical graduates and to prevent a flood of doctors joining the workforce.

“A total of 1,163 students, who scored a CGPA of 4.0, applied for the places to study medicine, but offers were made only to 418 of them.

“The offers were also based on interview results.

“We made the decision following discussions with the Health Ministry and the Malaysian Medical Council (MMC),” he told reporters today.

The students were offered places to take other, but related, courses.

Kamalanathan was commenting on complaints by students with 4.0 CGPA in STPM and matriculation who failed to get offers to study medicine.

He, however, advised them to make appeals to the Education Ministry before Aug 23.

The results of the appeals will depend on the number of vacancies at Ipta after the registration of new students.

“A total of 37,467 students received offers from Ipta this year and maybe some of them will not be comfortable with their courses.

“I am advising them to accept the offers and register first. Then they can make appeals with the respective Ipta,” he said.

Kamalanathan said the Education Ministry made sure that every student with a CGPA of 4.00 were accepted into Ipta for the 2014/2015 academic session.

The selection and admission policy was based on the principle of meritocracy, 90% for academic excellence and 10% for co-curricular activities, regardless of race, religion or state of origin.

He said those who received offers should be thankful as 29,821 qualified applicants did not receive any offers at all.

Only 37,467 of the 74,071 applicants (55.6%) were successful, from which 21,800 were from the Science stream and 15,667 from the Arts stream. There were 26,030 women and only 11,437 men.

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