RM5bil a year needed by 2013 for higher education fundPUTRAJAYA: The National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) requires RM5 billion a year to ensure those qualified to pursue higher education are not deprived of the opportunity, Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin said.
He said the amount was required following an increase in the number of students pursuing higher education.
"At the moment, the allocation is RM3 billion but the ministry foresees that the amount will no longer be enough by 2013," he told reporters after opening the "Real Undergraduate Conference" here on Saturday.
He said the amount was also needed as the loan repayment by students was made in instalments and not in lump sum.
"Now the ministry is studying how to make the PTPTN sustainable and that to ensure loans are given only those who really need them," he said.
He added that well-to-do parents should take the responsibility to finance their children's education and not rely on the government alone."The Government has provided the infrastructure and other facilities. Those who are rich should be able to finance their children's education," he said. - BERNAMA
The highlighted sentence makes me remember some of my friends who come from a wealthy family but applied for PTPTN.
I once asked them why and their answer: FOR FUN. Very funny hah?
Many unlucky people especially those who face financial problem need the money.
If you and your family have much money, don't apply, use own money instead.
What say you?