HUTAN MELINTANG: The government’s ‘Jelajah Pendidikan Bumiputera' programme, aimed at giving underprivileged school leavers a chance at pursuing tertiary education, is producing tangible results.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said so far this year, the initiative has benefitted about 60,000 school leavers who secured places at educational institutions nationwide.
"This is an extraordinary achievement. These students are given a second chance.
“By 2050, the government wants to see at least 50 per cent of Malaysians earning diploma or degree qualifications," he said.
The Deputy Prime Minister said this in his speech at the closing ceremony of the 2017 Jelajah Pendidikan Bumiputera at Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Changkat Melintang here, today.
Zahid stressed that Jelajah Pendidikan Bumiputera is not just a seasonal programme organised in preparation for the next general election.
"We have been conducting this programme for almost five years. The education agenda cannot be a political agenda... the education agenda is for all," he said.