Q&A – Government Support for Excellent Students

By Friday March 25th, 2011 No Comments

I answer Keith Ng’s comment on Facebook in regards to what the Government will provide for students who exemplified themselves.

Firstly, congratulations on all of you that did well in your SPM. This is the best results achieved in the last 4 years, with 9,239 students scoring straight As.

The Government recognises that all these students are deserving of financial support to pursue their higher education, which is why more and more government agencies and private sectors have come forward to provide scholarships and grants.

Last year I had announced that the Government will provide scholarships to all students who obtain 9A+ or more, regardless of ethnicity or creed. At the same time, other deserving students, whose socio-economic conditions may affect their SPM outcomes will also be provided assistance.

I myself have personally handed financial grants to over 300 outstanding SPM and STPM 2009 students, provided by 1MDB, so that they can pursue a brighter future.

However, I would like to point out that as we make our way forward towards a developed nation status, our economic pattern diversifies and deepens, thus calling for human capital possessing a greater variety of skills and knowledge. This means agencies and the private sector issuing scholarships must take heed to make an academic investment that will produce benefits beyond the next ten years. We must start now.

To Keith Ng, please extend my congratulations to your niece on her outstanding SPM performance, as well as her parents, and teachers who have guided her to achieve these results.

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