Education not left behind in recalibrated 2016 Budget

PUTRAJAYA: Education will continue to take a leading role in Malaysia, despite the global economic climate. The government, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak is committed towards giving emphasis to education no matter what happens. “Regardless of what happens, the government assures that it is committed towards providing education and safeguarding the future of our children,” he said. Najib said the government has agreed to continue four of the Public Service Department’s sponsorship programmes. The four programmes to continue are: The National Scholarship Programme for 20 top SPM students to pursue study at renowned universities globally; The Special Engineering Programme for 200 students to Japan, Korea, Germany and France; The Bursary Graduate Programme for 774 students to pursue undergraduate studies in public universities and private institutions of higher learning in the country, and The new intake of 8,000 students will be awarded scholarships to pursue undergraduate studies in the country.

Najib said the government would also maintain the National Higher Education Fund financing, which amounts to RM5 billion. At the same time, he said efforts would be taken to intensify investment in human capital via the MyBrain15, Academic Training Scheme for Bumiputera and Academic Training Scheme of Public Higher Education Institutions (SLAI) programmes. “Currently, 25,000 students are pursuing studies under these programmes.

“The government has agreed to the increase of 15,000 new students for the MyMaster programme, 5,000 for MyPhD, and 300 for SLAI. “These programmes will be given an additional allocation of RM300 million,” said the prime minister. Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh said the additional allocations reflected the government’s seriousness in boosting the education sector. “This shows the government does not neglect the people’s education,” said Idris.

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Source: New Straits Times. Date: 28 January 2016