KUALA LUMPUR: The Government has said that they saved RM240mil by slashing 744 overseas scholarships in 2016.
Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Azalina Othman in a parliamentary written reply said as of now there were 7,736 students studying overseas with government funding.
"The amount to fund one student studying overseas annually under the Public Service Departmemt (JPA) scholarship differs. It depends on the country of education and their field of study," she said in a reply to Seputeh MP Theresa Kok.
She added that the average amount for students studying locally usually varied between RM10,350 and RM 12,690 a year.
"However for those studying overseas it was between RM38,115 and RM277,515," she added.
In January, the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak in the 2016 recalibrated budget announced that they would be cutting down the budget for JPA scholarships to RM1.65bil
This had forced many top scorers to settle for admissions in local universities although they were previously promised opportunities to pursue their education overseas.