Maszlee: Study on offering free university education in final stages


THE Education Ministry is in the final stages of finding the best mechanism for implementing free education at the university level, said Minister Dr Maszlee Malik (picture).

He said the ministry is working to ensure the matter is realised within the next two or three years, in line with Pakatan Harapan’s manifesto. “In terms of free education, if we look at the school level, there is already no fees for the children.

“What we are talking about right now is at the university level, although there are subsidies, there is still a minimum fee that they have to pay,” he said during the Dewan Rakyat sitting in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

He was replying to a supplementary question from Datuk Mohd Salim Mohd Sharif (Barisan Nasional-Jempol) on the status of free education for students.

Meanwhile, Maszlee said the total amount deposited in the National Education Savings Scheme (SSPN-i) from January to September this year was RM475.6 million, up from RM400.7 million within the same period last year.

Deposits into the SSPN-i Plus scheme within the same period also showed an increase, recording RM106 million this year compared to RM86 million in 2018. — Bernama