Number of nursing students in Malaysia set to drop

JOHOR BARU - The number of students enrolling in nursing courses in Malaysia is expected to decrease as many students are finding it hard to meet the new entry requirement set by higher education ministry.

Institut Sains dan Teknologi Darul Takzim Chief Executive Officer Shahrul Azila Mohd Salleh said the entry requirement used to be three credit passes but last year, it was changed to five credit passes for nursing students.

"We hope the higher education ministry will review the change as many students are not meeting the mark," he said after the institute's seventh convocation here yesterday.

Shahrul said other private higher education institutions were also facing the same problem.

"For the last intake, we managed to enrol 240 to 300 students, but we expect the number to drop to 20 per cent for the intake next year," he said.

He said the institute would submit an official application to the ministry to review the matter.

Shahrul said that if the institute could not fill the enrolment quota for nursing, it would have no choice but to accept international students from Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines and China.

"We had quality graduates in the nursing course and among them were students with three credit passes," he said, adding that the entry requirement should remain at three credit passes to appeal to a wider intake.

Earlier, a total of 411 students obtained their diplomas for various courses including business management, accounting and information technology during the convocation ceremony held at Persada Johor Convention Centre.

The recipient of the institute's Executive Chairman Award, Siti Zulaikha Zulkifli, 21, said the key to her success was to be brave to ask questions.

"Besides revisions, I do not hesitate to speak up and approach my lecturers if I have questions," said the Diploma in Accountancy student. She plans to move on to Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. Number of nursing students in M'sia set to drop

Source: Yahoo! News

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