Allowances for practical students are necessary, says Syed Saddiq

by BERNAMA/ pic by MUHD AMIN NAHARUL

THE allowances for students of higher learning institutions (IPTs) who undergo practical training in the industry are necessary in order to reduce their financial burden when undergoing their training programmes, said Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman (picture).

He noted that not many students could afford to undergo practical training within a certain period of time.

“We do not want only those who are from a wealthy family to have access to this opportunity (undergoing practical training).

“How about those who come from a poor family, such as (those) from Sarawak (who) have to do (their) practical training in (Kuala Lumpur)? How can students benefit from this opportunity with their financial problems?” he said when commenting on the Congress of Unions of Employees in the Public and Civil Services (Cuepacs) statement that disagreed with his suggestion that IPT students undergoing industry training be given allowances.

He was met by reporters after witnessing the signing of the memorandum of understanding between Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) and the National Sports Institute (NSI), Shah Alam, yesterday.

Present at the ceremony were UiTM vice-chancellor Prof Dr Mohd Azraai Kassim and NSI CEO Ahmad Faedzal Md Ramli.

Syed Saddiq said Cuepacs needed to be realistic in evaluating the issue and consider its benefits to students.

“We will have a Cabinet discussion to safeguard the welfare of our youth.” On Sunday, Syed Saddiq, through a video uploaded on his Twitter account, said he would submit a proposal on the issue through a special Cabinet session. He said the proposal is important as many students did not get paid from their practical training institutions.