Revert to 9A+ condition, Chong urges PSD

  • Nation
  • Sunday, 19 Mar 2017

KUALA LUMPUR: The new criterion of sponsorship for SPM leavers by the Public Service Department should be reverted to the original 9A+ condition.

In making this request, MCA Youth chief Datuk Chong Sin Woon said the new ruling, which only grants sponsorship to students who scored A+ in all the subjects they sat for, would only discourage them from taking non-core subjects.

“Formerly, Form Five students could take as many subjects as they wanted without affecting their chances of getting the sponsorship as long as they scored 9A+ and above.

“Now, the new full A+ requirement will only discourage them from taking additional subjects, apart from the core nine.

“For example, Chinese language is not a core subject. Students will now think twice before applying to sit for it,” he told reporters after attending a three-day seminar for secondary school Chinese language teachers here yesterday.

The Deputy Education Minister said the original Graduate Bursary Programme, which automatically awards all 9A+ students, was put in place to reward excellent students and not just those who take a lot of subjects.

“How do you compare two students – one sitting for 15 subjects but the other 10 – yet both get full A+?” he asked.

Earlier, during a cheque presentation ceremony at SJK(C) Wangsa Maju, Chong said almost all Chinese vernacular schools in the peninsula had received their portion of the RM50mil special allocation for last year.

Only schools in Terengganu, Pahang and Kelantan have yet to get their share of the funds, meant for repairs.

“The remaining states will get theirs by the end of this month. Though the funds came in late, the important thing is we are keeping our promise,” he said.

Yesterday, 33 schools from Kuala Lumpur and 51 from Selangor received a total of RM2.22mil and RM3.66mil, respectively.

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