Monday, February 15, 2016

Hundreds of UniKL students to resume studies, says Mara chairman

A total of 510 Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) students who had quit or postponed their studies have agreed to go back to school starting today, Majlis Amanah Rakyat (Mara) chairman Tan Sri Annuar Musa said. In a statement, he said the students had been contacted by the Mara-owned university and agreed to resume their higher education. He said UniKL would be giving financial help to the students from low-income families via a student welfare fund, whereby each would get up to RM250. There would also be the work-study programme that enabled students to work part-time at the university. "The UniKL alumni is also ready to help students in need with the alumni fund. "UniKL also has the 'Food for Love' programme that provides free food to students," he said. It was reported that many students taking Mara loans were not getting their promised funds. In a recent study by PKR Youth's student bureau, some 80% of 945 students were enrolled in Mara-related colleges, including UniKL, and promised loans. Last week, Mara reportedly said RM264 million had been allocated for UniKL students, who had complained however of not getting their loans. Annuar said all Mara education institutions had been directed to contact students who had quit or postponed their studies due to the education sponsorship issue. In his statement today, he also said 10,583 students at Mara education institutions were qualified for the Mara sponsorship, which has an allocation of over RM237.9 million. Of the lot, 9,180 were eligible for full sponsorship with an allocation of over RM213.58 million, he said. "Mara has processed and completed 1,940 offer letters. It is expected that the offers would be sent to students from last June, July and September intakes by the end of this month. "The application and approval process for the January 2016 intake will be completed in March this year." – February 15, 2016.]]>

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