Mara eases en­try rules

> New re­quire­ment due to fewer UPSR straight A pupils


KUALA LUMPUR: Ma­jlis Amanah Rakyat (Mara) has re­laxed the en­try re­quire­ment for its col­leges af­ter a lower num­ber of pupils had ob­tained straight As in the 2016 Ujian Peperik­saan Ren­dah (UPSR), said Ru­ral and Re­gional Devel­op­ment Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

Ismail Sabri said Mak­tab Ren­dah Sains Mara (MRSM) will give pri­or­ity to ex­cel­lent stu­dents from the ru­ral and ur­ban ar­eas, as well as Sabah and Sarawak bu­mipu­tra pupils.

“The pri­or­ity is for the ru­ral poor as Mara can pro­vide bet­ter fa­cil­i­ties and ac­com­mo­da­tion to these stu­dents and the col­leges will pro­vide a bet­ter en­vi­ron­ment to study in. I hope it can give them the mo­ti­va­tion to study even bet­ter,” Ismail Sabri said dur­ing a press con­fer­ence af­ter he had of­fi­ci­ated the Ru­ral and Re­gional Devel­op­ment Min­istry In­no­va­tion Day 2016 held at the Lem­baga Per­tubuhan Pe­ladang Tower here.

Ismail Sabri said the min­i­mum re­quire­ment for stu­dents in the Penin­sula to en­ter MRSM has been re­duced to three As and three Bs while min­i­mum re­quire­ment for a pupil in Sabah and Sarawak is three As two Bs and one C.

Prior to this, a stu­dent sit­ting for the UPSR exam must score straight As to qual­ify for a place.

Due to the new for­mat in­tro­duced by the Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry, the 2016 UPSR saw only 4,896 stu­dents out of 452,721 stu­dents who had reg­is­tered scor­ing straight As.

The new for­mat aims to eval­u­ate stu­dents on their aca­demic per­for­mance through lit­er­acy, nu­mer­acy as well as 4M (writ­ing, read­ing, count­ing and rea­son­ing).

He said pupils can start ap­ply­ing for MRSM col­leges on­line from today.

Mean­while, Ismail Sabri said his min­istry was look­ing at set­ting up a pri­vate MRSM col­lege which will al­low the fi­nan­cially well off to en­ter the elite school.

“We are look­ing at an op­tion for rich peo­ple who can af­ford to pay to send their chil­dren to MRSM as some have the im­pres­sion that MRSM is the best school.”

Ismail stressed that the MRSM will re­main fo­cused on pro­vid­ing qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion for the poor.

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