PM: Scholarships for overseas undergraduate studies to be reduced
BY IZATUN SHARI
KUALA LUMPUR: Scholarships for overseas undergraduate studies will gradually be reduced, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
He said the Government would now concentrate on awarding scholarships for overseas postgraduate studies.
"The Government's position is that scholarships involving overseas programme will be concentrated on the post-graduate level, but it will be done gradually so that we can build up institutions of higher standing and ranking in this country," he said after meeting with Islamic religious teachers here Tuesday.
"Scholarships for critical courses at undergraduate level will continue until the country builds the capacity of its local institutions," he said when asked to comment on MCA asking the Government to give priority to awarding overseas scholarships to top scorers.
It was reported earlier that the Public Service Department (PSD)had delayed announcing the names of its scholarship recipients by a week, after meeting the MCA over applications sent by top SPM scorers.
During the meeting, MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek and Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong, who is the party's Youth chief, brought up the cases of 1,304 students to PSD director-general Tan Sri Ismail Adam.
The MCA Youth Education Bureau had put together the appeals over a week and those involved were students of all races.
I think its kinda unfair for the non-Bumiputras. Because mostly of my non-malay friends applied for this JPA scholarship. If the scholarships given out will be reduced then, what are their other alternatives?
Maybe go for the IPTS as the have loads of foundation programs to overseas. But then again, it may cost more.
Dunno whats my luck :|