Govt cuts varsity fees by up to 35% due to pandemic
PETALING JAYA: The government has allowed a reduction in fees for public university students, especially those who are unable to pay up due to financial constraints caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The higher education ministry said the move will cost the government an overall RM185.7 million and benefit 386,142 students in three semesters.
This involves an allocation of RM75 million, of which RM55 million is from internal university funds.
For the 2020/2021 academic year, a RM70.2 million fee reduction has been given, while in the second session of the same academic year, another cut of RM40.5 million has been granted.
The ministry said the move to cut fees takes into account the needs of students and parents who are financially affected by the pandemic.
“In March, we instructed public universities to give some flexibility and fair consideration to students facing trouble paying fees, especially those having financial problems.
“We also feel that the reduction is reasonable, given that the 20 public universities have to bear the burden of high operational costs.
“This is on top of having to bear such costs using internal funds at a time when there is less revenue from tuition fees and a reduced operating allocation by the government due to the pandemic,” it said.
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