GEORGE TOWN, April 3 — The Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) is not interested in educational policing, said Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin.
The minister said he is not the police, and so he does not want to control party politics from entering public higher education institutions (IPTA).
“They can enter but they will need permission from the respective IPTA,” he said during an official visit to Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM).
He said political parties can enter IPTAs for activities but only with permission from the institution in question.
He said this does not mean that political parties can set up branches within IPTA.
“We do not want IPTA graduates to become obsessed with a single ideology. Other than gaining knowledge, we want them to have an open mind while in an IPTA,” he said.
He said the university’s role is to ensure the students remain informed if they are exposed to toxicity outside the campus.
Earlier, Khaled said he had asked USM to head a committee on sustainability so that it can look into sustainability at policy, ministry and implementation levels in all IPTAs.
He said this is due to USM’s performance in sustainability in achieving fourth place in the world for sustainability.
“The focus of an Apex university is to be a pioneer and to ensure other IPTAs can follow in their footsteps and sustainability agenda,” he said.
He also welcomed USM’s efforts to form a special committee to study its Apex agenda.