Students in dilemma

SEVEN students of a private college in Johor, which is not recognised by the National Accreditation Board (LAN), are asking the institution to reimburse their study costs. 

MCA Youth Education Bureau chairman Wee Ka Siong said the students had incurred expenses and loans from financial institutions, to fund their studies since early 2001. 

“The problem is some of the students have borrowed up to RM20,000 from financial institutions and if they cancel their loans the students won't be able to take another loan if they want to continue their studies,” he told a press conference earlier this week. 

Currently there are some 1,000 students at diploma and degree levels at the college and the seven are doing BA (Hons) in Marketing and BA (Hons) in Management programmes with Nottingham Trent University, Britain. 

He said the students, now in their second semester, only realised that the college was not accreditated in May. When he contacted the college it said that the programmes taken by the seven were in the process of being accredited by LAN. 

“Now the students are in a dilemma ... they don't know whether to continue their studies there because if they want to continue elsewhere then problems of costs would arise,” he said. 

Wee, who is also Johor Baru MCA Division Youth chief, urged the Education Ministry to take action. – Bernama 

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