KOTA TINGGI: About RM2.5 mil has been disbursed to 2,292 students taking diploma and degree courses from public and private institutes of higher learning in Johor this year.
State education, human resource, science and technology committee chairman Aminolhuda Hassan said the students were from the underprivileged (B40) group.
“The recipients of the Harapan Siswa Insentif are Johorean students who have just enrolled for their diploma or degree courses and whose families fall under the B40 category.
“The aid is meant to reduce the burden of students during the first few months of starting their education, ” he said, adding the students received RM500 and RM1,000 for diploma and degree courses respectively.
Aminulhuda said this during a signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between Kolej Yayasan Pelajaran Johor (KYPJ) in Kulai and seven organisations to provide employment and further training for the undergraduates.
During the event, the executive councillor presented some 10 newly enrolled students from KYPJ who qualified for the incentives with mock cheques of RM500.
One of the recipients, Izzat Sabri, 20, who is taking his diploma in human resource management, said he would make the most of the money received.
“I plan to use this to cover the cost of my assignments, such as buying stationery, as well as paying for transportation.
“My mother is a housewife and my father is a retired soldier, so this aid is really helpful, ” he said, adding that he planned to pursue his degree later.
For Alia Liyana, 19, she believes the aid would come in handy for her spending on campus.
“I could use it to buy books and supplement other necessities, like food and transportation.
“I am very grateful to the state government for providing us with the aid, ” she said.
Noor Hanis Nabila, 19, said the aid was a blessing indeed.
“I can use it to pay for most of the fees which are required on campus, such as for accommodation.
“My daily expenses are not much as well, so this aid would be more than enough for me, ” she added.
The seven organisations which signed the MOU comprised four companies, NM Expert Sdn Bhd, Billion Fortune, Jen Hotel, and Pelorus Velocity Sdn Bhd, which will employ the graduates.
The remaining three are institutes of higher learning, namely University Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM) Holdings Sdn Bhd, Industrial Training Institute (ILP) Mersing, and Asia E University.
These institutes would provide training and act as an avenue for KYPJ graduates to further their studies and to share data, which will improve the quality of future graduates.
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