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(File pix) The Higher Education Ministry has extended the moratorium on the establishment of private higher learning institutions until Dec 31, 2020, Deputy Higher Education Minister Datuk Dr Mary Yap Kain Ching said during a question and answer session in Dewan Negara today. Pix by Asyraf Hamzah

KUALA LUMPUR: The Higher Education Ministry has extended the moratorium on the establishment of private higher learning institutions until Dec 31, 2020.

Deputy Higher Education Minister Datuk Dr Mary Yap Kain Ching said the purpose of the moratorium was to preserve its services especially in terms of financial to make it more competitive.

“The moratorium will be able to smoothen the management of private higher education sector through mergers and acquisitions, co-operation or restructuring of IPTS,” she said in a reply to Senator Datuk Seri Khairudin Samad during a question and answer session in Dewan Negara.

Khairudin had asked the ministry to state whether the ministry intends to control the approval of private colleges which are currently mushrooming as there are courses offered by such institutions with the sole intention of gaining profits.

Mary also said the number of licensed private higher learning institutions still in operation has decreased from 522 in 2013 to 486 in November.

“This measure is to ensure that only quality and viable lPTS are allowed to continue operations.”

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