Semporna polytech forced to close
Published on: Thursday, November 25, 2021
By: Bernama
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The Semporna KPTM branch.
Kuala Lumpur: The Semporna branch of Kolej Poly-Tech Mara (KPTM) in Sabah will be closed permanently on July 31 next year with the approval of the Ministry of Higher Education.

According to the Ministry of Rural Development (KPLB), the decision was made following a drastic drop in student intake every year. Safety issues in Semporna also contributed to the low student intake, it added.

KPLB, in a reply posted on the Parliament website, informed that Semporna KPTM started its operation in 2010 offering diploma courses, with the capacity of 600 students.

“KPTM Semporna had registered accumulated losses totalling RM28.5 million since it started operations in 2010 until today with an average yearly loss of RM2.45 million.

“The loss can be attributed to the low number of new intakes which failed to meet the target set and also high operating costs,” said the Ministry in reply to a question from Datuk Mohd Azis Jamman (Warisan-Sepanggar) who wanted confirmation about the college’s closure and its reasons.

According to KPLB, presently there are 169 students who will be finishing their studies in stages with the last 18 students due to complete their studies in July next year. It said those who did not manage to finish their studies would be offered to continue at other KPTM branches in Peninsular Malaysia.

“Permanent staff will be offered to transfer to other KPTM branches in the peninsular or opt for the Voluntary Separation Scheme (VSS),” it said, adding that KPTM had allocated a total of RM1.33 million for transfer allowance and VSS compensation.

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