PM: Total review of PSD scholarship policy in 2012

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PETALING JAYA: A total review of the Public Service Department (PSD) scholarship policy will be conducted next year.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the review would include whether to “reserve” scholarship offers for top scorers at university-entry level and providing small bursaries for SPM-level students for them to undertake pre-university courses such as STPM, matriculation or A-levels.

“We will work out a new policy next year,” he said on Thursday during the one FM Morning Kaki radio show.

His son, Nor Ashman also appeared on the show.

He said the key was to give scholarships to those able to achieve very good results and a place at top universities.

“Giving scholarships at SPM level is not a good idea. Even if students do well in their O-levels, it doesn’t mean they will do well in their A-levels,” he added.

Najib added it was important to be “fair and balanced” in the process of awarding scholarships to ensure that all communities benefited from them.

On another matter, Najib said the Perumahan Rakyat 1Malaysia (Prima) would be launched next month to offer houses or condominiums in urban areas that were worth less than RM220,000 for those aged below 35.

He said that a portion of land at the old Sungai Besi airport would be allocated for the construction of the units adding a developer had yet to be appointed.

Source : The Star

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