PETALING JAYA: Students who score 10A1s and above in their SPM examinations should be automatically offered Public Service Department (PSD) scholarships, MIC secretary-general Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam said.
He said such a policy would ensure that these students, regardless of race and background, were not sidelined appropriately rewarded for their academic efforts.
Dr Subramaniam, who is also Human Resources Minister, said parents would have a negative perception of the government if such a system was not implemented.
He said some 140 students who excelled in SPM had approached the party to support their PSD scholarship appeal after being rejected on various grounds this year.
“The PSD should give a clear explanation to the public on their selection criteria for scholarship recipients,” he said in a statement Friday. . Dr Subrmaniam said the Education Ministry should also limit the number of subjects allowed to be taken by students, adding that some schools offered a maximum of 10 subjects while others allowed up to 17 subjects.
He suggested that the ministry offer separate certificates for additional subjects other that the compulsory subjects in the examination.