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Check with  MQA first,  tertiary  education  seekers told
Published on: Tuesday, February 12, 2019

SEMENYIH: Individuals seeking to pursue tertiary education are encouraged to refer to the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) first to avoid being a victim of fraud, says Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik.

He said for those who wanted to pursue their studies, his Ministry encouraged them to check with MQA first to avoid being deceived.

MQA is the national accreditation agency that will identify all accredited programmes at universities and institutions of higher learning.


“MQA has set high standards for that purpose,” he told reporters after visiting the Sekolah Rendah Kebangsaan Taman Pelangi project, here, Monday.

On Sunday, a local Chinese daily reported that several foreign universities had turned into “degree mills”, churning out fake “academic qualifications” online to applicants without requiring them to pursue any studies.

According to the report, such incidents mainly involved “universities” from the United States, allegedly operating from a shop or small office.

Meanwhile, Maszlee said the construction project of a school in Taman Pelangi, here, which has been delayed for six years is expected to be completed by October 2020.


He said the development of the primary school on a 4.4-hectare site, including 24 classrooms, would be completed with green technology.

The RM20.7 million project is expected to be completed earlier than schedule similar to the development of schools in Putrajaya, he said. 

“When completed, the primary school can accommodate more than 700 students and ease congestion in neighbouring schools.

“For so long they (resident associations) have been waiting for its construction and now it will be a present to Taman Pelangi residents,” he told reporters after visiting the school project site.


Maszlee said his Ministry was informed among the shortcomings in the construction of the school was due to delay at the level of the Economic Planning Unit (EPU).

Several other schools will also be developed using a fund of RM67.58 million approved under the 11th Malaysia Plan (11MP).

Meanwhile, at a separate function, Maszlee refuted allegations that the organising of the Ministry’s programmes around Hulu Langat and Beranang was in conjunction with the Semenyih state by-election    

“Regardless of whether there is a by-election or not, we have been planning the programme since the beginning and not only in Beranang. The Ministry will be implementing all programmes continuously nationwide,” he said. - Bernama

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