Or are they just dim? Or did I completely misunderstand the specific proposals for education?
The Government has been urged to continue with subsidies under the Higher Education Ministry’s education programmes for students from poor families.
Deputy Higher Education Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah said the ministry provided education subsidies which most parents relied on to send their children for higher studies.
He said many students would not be able to pursue higher studies if the facility was to be withdrawn.
“Many parents in the rural areas whose children study at public institutions of higher learning rely on government aid and loans,” he told reporters after closing a Moh Desa Perwira programme at the National Defence University in Kampung Bangau Parit near here yesterday.
He said the loans provided by the National Higher Education Fund Corporation had helped ease the parents’ burden.
“As such, it would not be right for the Government to reduce or withdraw the education subsidy.”
Principle 2 of the Subsidy Rationalisation Plan says:
Education is a human capital investment and subsidy should continue but we must reduce wastage / abuse.
From the specific proposals:
- Remove subsidies for foreign students
- Re-target subsidies for poor families
What on earth is the Deputy Minister talking about? Nowhere is the Government contemplating cutting support for poor students.
It’s even worse than I thought – apparently ministers aren’t even talking to their deputies.