‘Spend scholarships on local universities’
PETALING JAYA: The government should spend the money on overseas scholarships on local public universities facing financial constraints, said PKR secretary-general Rafizi Ramli.
He said up to RM3 billion is spent yearly to send about 10,000 students overseas.
Rafizi said if these students were placed in local universities, they could assist in enriching the higher education system.
The Pandan MP said the scholarship system is no longer applicable and there is no need to send students overseas to do courses which may be better done here.
Rafizi said although he had benefited from an overseas education, having completed his electrical engineering degree at the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom, he believes there would have been little difference if he had studied the course at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia instead.
“The cost of sending students overseas now is exorbitant,” he added.
He said exceptions should be made for students who secure places at top universities in the world, or those who want to study courses not offered locally.
He also called on the government to tighten the entry requirements into universities.