Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah - Deputy Education Minister

KUALA LUMPUR: Action had been taken against almost 60 private colleges for the past three years for various offences including failing to report to the authorities regarding their foreign students who had skipped lectures for a long period.

Deputy Higher Education Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah said among the action taken were cancelling certain courses offered or revoking the operating licence of the colleges concerned.

He said that according to the procedures stipulated, all colleges were responsible for looking after foreign students enrolled at their respective institutions.

“The college concerned is responsible for contacting the Immigration Department if any of its foreign students did not attend lecturers for 30 days consecutively.

“The move is necessary to enable the Immigration Department to assist the college to track down the student concerned and report the matter to the agency responsible for security,” he told reporters after delivering his keynote address at the symposium entitled, “Silicon Valley Comes to Malaysia”, here today.

He disclosed this when asked to comment on the media report today on the move by the Home Ministry to withdraw the approval for the enrolment of foreign students from six private tertiary institutions during the first 10 months of this year for various offences.