JOHOR BARU: Following Johor Mentri Besar Dr Sahruddin Jamal’s tabling of Budget 2020, Program Dana Didik Johor will be enhanced to further help the people improve their children’s lot in life.
The contribution to Program Dana Didik Johor will be increased from RM50 to RM100 for newborns whose parents have registered a National Education Savings Scheme (SSPN) account.
A total RM100,000 has been allocated for the programme next year.
The 100% increase in the contribution is anticipated to benefit 1,000 children from the B40 group, which shows the commitment of the Johor state government in encouraging parents to start saving for their children’s education, said the National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) in a statement.
The move also reflects the dedication and care by the state government to meet the needs of citizens in the financial aspect, especially when it comes to parents preparing children – the nation’s next generation – to further their studies, the statement said.
Apart from that, Yayasan Pelajaran Johor will also be continuing the Education Aid for Johor (Bantuan Pengajian Pelajaran Negeri Johor) under the Biasiswa Kenangan Datuk Onn grant initiative.
It will allocate RM600,000 next year compared with RM500,000 previously, for contributions to the SSPN-i accounts of 1,000 secondary school students who excel in their studies.
PTPTN reiterated its calls for other state governments to include SSPN incentives under their respective budgets and main programmes.
At the same time, it also relayed its hope that the Johor state government would continue supporting its efforts to encourage savings in the interest and welfare of its people.
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