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In a bid to ease the burdens felt by youths during the extended Movement Control Order (MCO) the government is set to provide aid to all full-time university and college students as part of the Prihatin Rakyat Economic Stimulus Package support program.
Now, the one-off handout of RM200 is extended to include Form 6 and diploma undergraduates.
Aid will also be given to youths studying under the Human Resources Ministry, Youth and Sports Ministry as well as Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA).
Also entitled to the one-off payments are youths who are undertaking technical and vocational education and training (TVET) courses or any Malaysian Skills Certificate level 4 (SKM4) and above.
The aid program is said to benefit more than 1.5 million students across the nation, costing the public coffers RM300 million.
Matriculation exams canceled
With phase 3 of the MCO in full effect, the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) decided to cancel the 2019/2020 Matriculation Programme Examinations (PSPM).
Students who were scheduled to undertake the Semester 2 PSPM exams (previously scheduled from April 27 to May 4) would now be â€œassessedâ€ based on their performance during the school year.
MOH explains that results for the 2019/2020 academic year will be based on a combination of results from Semester 1 and â€œongoing assessmentsâ€ from Semester 2.
No sight of home
Meanwhile, the ministry is telling students who are unable to go home due to the nationwide lockdown to stay put.
Local and international students from colleges and universities across the country have been confined to their hostels, dorm rooms and rented homes since the start of the MCO last March, with their care placed in the hands of their respective institutions.
MOHE says that they would continue to monitor the situation and ask that students abide by the rules emplaced during the MCO.
Previously, Higher Education Minister Datuk Dr. Noraini Ahmad had tweeted that her ministry was still discussing means to ensure students are safely evacuated.
Susulan pengumuman yang dibuat YAB Perdana Menteri mengenai lanjutan tempoh Perintah Kawalan Pergerakan, saya bersama Kementerian sebentar tadi meneruskan perbincangan & meneliti kaedah terbaik untuk menghantar pulang pelajar yg masih berada di kampus ke rumah masing-masingâ€” Dato Dr Noraini Ahmad (@DrNorainiAhmad) April 10, 2020
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