PR students can apply for education assistance

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THE minister of education reiterated in the Legislative Council yesterday that permanent residents are also eligible for the Miftahun Najah (key to success) scheme (SMN), which provides assistance to students from low income group families.

Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Suyoi Hj Osman said the scheme, introduced in 2011, is open for students who are Bruneian citizens and permanent residents, as long as they meet the requirements and perform well in their studies.

According to the SMN guideline published by the Ministry of Education, among the requirements for the eligibility of applicants, include a collective income amounting to not more than $250.

It also includes the conditions of families wherein bread winners are suspended or fired from work or land into bankruptcy, divorced parents, single mothers and fathers, not having a permanent place to live, orphaned children under the care of adopted families and those having transport problems.

Assistance provided includes the provision of school stationery, workbooks, uniforms and tuition.

They are also given consideration for enrolment into boarding schools, transport facilities, financial assistances and eye-glasses worth $150.

In response to YB Hj Sulaiman Hj Ahad who suggested that permanent residents be exempted from paying fees, the minister of education said that the SMN provides the privilege.

According to the SMN guidelines, the scheme is only open to Year One to Year 12 (pre-university) students, and to those with special needs studying full-time in government schools under the jurisdiction of the Schools Department.

The minister also highlighted the Advocating Life-Long Learning for an Aspiring Future (ALAF) scheme by Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam (BIBD).

Permanent residents can also apply for the said scheme.

Other requirements for the scheme include the need for students to excel in their studies – with a minimum of 75 per cent academic achievement – 90 per cent or above in attendance and collective income of not more than $500.

The scheme, he said, is opened to students from Year Three to the university level.

Responding to YB Hj Tahamit Hj Nudin who inquired about the effectiveness of the SMN, the education minister said that a review in 2014 found that it had brought positive impacts and benefited a lot to low income parents and guardians.

The Brunei Times