KUALA LUMPUR, July 4 (Bernama) -- The selection of students for the Education Ministry's matriculation programme is implemented in accordance with meritocracy based on the calculation of merit points.
Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the merit points were calculated based on the combination of 90 per cent for academic achievement and 10 per cent for co-curricular participation.
Muhyiddin, who is also Education Minister, said the selection of students was done through computer screening based on the correct and complete information received from them in their applications.
"This means the students must not only excel academically and also in co-curriculum," he said in his written reply to Sim Tong Him (DAP-Kota Melaka) in the Dewan Rakyat, here, today.
Muhyiddin said the matriculation programme was not exclusively for Bumiputera students, but was also open to non-Bumiputera students with a quota of 10 per cent allocated since 2003.
On the number of appeals this year, he said 36,021 appeals were received to join the matriculation programme for the 2013/2014 session.
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