Study on free university education in final stages, says Maszlee

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  • Monday, 21 Oct 2019

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): The Education Ministry is in the final stages of finding the best mechanism for implementing free university level-education, says its minister Dr Maszlee Malik.

He said the ministry was working to ensure the matter was realised within the next two or three years, in line with the Pakatan Harapan government's manifesto.

"In terms of free education, if we look at the school level, there is already no fees for schoolchildren.

"What we are talking about right now is at the university level; although there are subsidies, there is still a minimum fee that students have to pay," he said during the Dewan Rakyat sitting here Monday (Oct 21).

He was replying to a supplementary question from Datuk Mohd Salim Mohd Sharif (BN-Jempol) on the status of free education for university students.

Meanwhile, Maszlee said the total amount deposited in the National Education Savings Scheme (SSPN-i) from January to Sept this year was RM475.6mil, up from

RM400.7mil within the same period last year.

Deposits into the SSPN-i Plus scheme within the same period also showed an increase, recording RM106mil this year compared with RM86mil in 2018. - Bernama

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