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Tuesday, June 29, 2004


Doctor Wannabe NoMore

::According to this Star report only a few of those 99 top scoring doctor wannabes given places in IPTSs have taken up their offers. The tuition fees at these IPTSs for the medical course are said to be between RM200K and RM300K. These 99 have been offered loans with low interest rates of 3% and payable over a period of 15 years. In the meanwhile the 29 offered places at IPTAs and Mara scholarships have all taken up their offers.

The deputy HEM (Higher Education MINIster) Fu is said to be very upset by the poor response because the doctor wannabes are said to be unhappy with the terms of the loans. According to MINIster Fu ::
“Nowhere else can they expect a loan with the very low interest rate of 3% and a 15-year repayment period. We have also made it very clear that the loans may be converted into scholarships if their performance is equivalent to a first-class degree."

Aiyah, MINIster Fu, you know why they are worried about, to be saddled with a RM300K loan on graduation is no small problem. To you RM300K is chickenfeed, to them it is not. The other thing they are mighty disappointed is that you all 'cakap tak serypa bikin'. Everyone blah blah that Pak Lah has solved the problem of the 128 top scorers, really ah? Just bluff bluff only, 29 placed in IPTAs and 99 placed in IPTSs. Why 'berat hati sebelah'? Kalau want to solve problem, bring to a proper conclusion, be fair, placed all 128 in IPTAs. After all lecturer:student ratio dropped from 1:4 to 1:6 mah! Surely can accommodate all 128. i am sure HEM Fu is aware of the tuition fees in IPTAs.

Till today the HEM is still unsure of how to define a 'top scorer' or '1st Class Honours' medical graduate, mana boleh. i think what is more important is how many of these medical graduates can really be 'top scorers'. Each batch can at the most produce one lah to my simple mind. So of the 99 (if all take up the loans), only a handful will end up with conversion of loans to scholarships. This is another thing which have them and their parents worried, HEM Fu. Or is what Bernama reports really true, MINIster Fu? It has quoted you as saying thus :: He [meaning you HEM Fu] said the loan would be converted into scholarship if they were able to achieve satisfactory result. Then the Bernama report goes further on and said ::
He added that the ministry was looking into categorising what would be termed as "excellent results" for a medical course which did not offer first class degree with honours so that students' study loan could be converted into scholarship when they obtain such results.
At present, a student in non-medical courses can have their study loan converted into scholarship if they receive first class degrees.
Fu said the criteria of excellent results needed to be established to ensure that students would be able to convert their loan into scholarship based on their academic achievements.

Now isn't it all so confusing ::1st Class Honours, satisfactory results, excellent results:: are the all the same? Or who is bullsh-tting who? Please come clean, MINIster Fu. Are we truly having a TRUTHFUL gomen, or what?

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