You decide grading system, education minister tells varsities

Yiswaree Palansamy
Education Minister Maszlee Malik said the government is loosening its controls so universities will have more autonomy in managing their academic programmes. — Picture by Shafwan Zaidon

PUTRAJAYA, June 21 — Public universities in the country can now choose to continue the Integrated Cumulative Grade Point Average (iCGPA) grading system for its students if they so wish.

Education Minister Maszlee Malik said the government is loosening its controls so universities will have more autonomy in managing their academic programmes.

He said if the universities decide to stop iCGPA grading system, the government will channel funds to the institutions, to have their libraries subscribe to quality international journals.

“This will indirectly further encourage research initiatives and quality academic writing,” he added.

iCGPA is an integrated grading mechanism to evaluate and report the development and performance of students, and to assess their effectiveness, knowledge and ability.

Maszlee said that since its implementation, the focus of academics shifted from teaching to conducting research, writing, supervising postgraduates and serving the community.

“Therefore, in the spirit of granting freedom and autonomy to universities, I decided to allow public universities to choose whether to continue or halt the implementation of iCGPA, at respective universities,” he added.

Maszlee said that the decision would also mean that lecturers would no longer be allowed to take up responsibilities to seek funds for their institutions.

“The finance department of the universities have to take up the main role in carrying out the duty, and not the academics,” he said, adding that should the finance officials fail to play their role well, they would have to be replaced with those who are more capable.

Maszlee added that universities have to also focus on producing more quality research works in the English language and to market the works of their academics globally.