Sour grapes? Malay daily’s allegation that Private Educational Institutions help students ‘cheat’ PTPTN…

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The PTPTN allows for all its debtors who graduated with first-class honours to be exempt from repaying their loans.  

Exemption of Repayment of Loan/ Education Financing – Ptptn

Question 1 :
Who are eligible to be exempted from the education financing repayment?

Answer :

  1. For IPTA recipient are those obtaining Bachelor Degree with first Class Honour
  2. For IPTS recipient is restricted to the course attended has been accreditated by MQA.

http://www.ptptn.gov.my/web/english/faq-english/repayment/exemption

Malaysian Insider had reported on 23 November 2014 that a coalition of Malay rights groups, led by Perkasa, today urged Putrajaya to consider allowing only Bumiputeras to be exempt from repaying their National Higher Education Fund (PTPTN) loan schemes.

They noted that in 2011, 8,818 Chinese students were exempted from repaying the PTPTN loans, compared with 2,347 Malays, and 456 Indians.

The memorandum also suggested that more non-Bumiputeras earned first-class honours compared with Bumiputeras because private higher education institutions (IPTS) were more “lenient” and had a “hidden agenda”.

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/malay-groups-want-ptptn-loan-exemption-for-bumis-only

4 November 2015

theSundaily

Press Digest: PTPTN to investigate allegations against private education institutions

PETALING JAYA: National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) said it will investigate a Malay daily’s report that some private education institutions raise students’ marks to enable them to graduate with first class honours to have their PTPTN loans converted to scholarships.

PTPTN chairman Datuk Samsul Anuar said the corporation will take stern action if the allegation is proven to be true.

He told Sin Chew Daily that the corporation has a very strict policy and mechanism regarding the conversion of students’ loans to scholarships.

“We are taking a serious view of the matter, as it involves the interest of various parties,” he said.

However, National Association of Private Education Institutions (Napei) president Assoc Prof Elajsoaln Mohan doubted the veracity of the allegation, saying even if there are cases of manipulation of marks by institutions, it would be isolated cases.

He stressed that local higher education institutions’ marking mechanism involved many units, making manipulation of marks difficult.

“All private institutions have an examination committee which vets the marking procedure, including the awarding of scores, and individual lecturers cannot change the marks anyhow as it involves several processes.

Furthermore, the students’ results are further vetted by the senate of these institutions,” he said.

He said these higher education institutions also have to submit students’ results to the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) or other professional bodies and explain the marking processes.

As such, any attempt to unilitetally increase the marks of a student is generally difficult, he said.

http://www.thesundaily.my/news/1601714

23 November 2014

Malaysian Insider

Malay groups want PTPTN loan exemption for Bumis only

A coalition of Malay rights groups, led by Perkasa, today urged Putrajaya to consider allowing only Bumiputeras to be exempt from repaying their National Higher Education Fund (PTPTN) loan schemes.

They noted in their National Unity Memorandum that the majority of PTPTN borrowers exempted from repaying their loans were Chinese, and this could anger the Bumiputeras.

“The Malaysian government must take immediate action over the phenomenon of many non-Bumiputeras being exempted 100% from PTPTN, compared with the Bumiputera students,” read the memorandum, which was drafted by a committee headed by Perkasa chief Datuk Ibrahim Ali.

“At the same time, the Malaysian government must study the reasons why Bumiputera students’ academics are declining, compared with non-Bumiputeras.

“In this context, the Malaysian government should review whether PTPTN exemptions should be given to Bumiputeras alone, in line with Article 153 of the Federal Constitution.”

But the memorandum by the Malay groups today warned that the rising trend of Chinese students enjoying the loan exemptions could jeopardise national unity.

They noted that in 2011, 8,818 Chinese students were exempted from repaying the PTPTN loans, compared with 2,347 Malays, and 456 Indians.

“If this issue is not handled wisely, it could result in Bumiputera students getting angry with PTPTN and upset with the Malaysian government.

“At the same time, this issue could potentially create anger among Bumiputera students towards non-Bumiputera students.”

The memorandum also suggested that more non-Bumiputeras earned first-class honours compared with Bumiputeras because private higher education institutions (IPTS) were more “lenient” and had a “hidden agenda”.

“Firstly, how and why are Bumiputera students unable to compete with non-Bumiputera students?

“Secondly, are PTPTN’s actions caused by the lenient marking systems and curriculum of the IPTS, to the point that many non-Bumiputera students gain first-class honours, so that they need not repay their PTPTN loans?

“Thirdly, are Bumiputera students in the IPTS and IPTA not the cream of the creams? Fourthly, is there a hidden agenda by certain quarters in IPTS to allow many non-Bumiputeras to become exempted from repaying their PTPN?”

– See more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/malay-groups-want-ptptn-loan-exemption-for-bumis-only#sthash.O0pPbscf.dpuf

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