13,000 students under education aid scheme
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
AROUND 13,000 students nationwide are listed under low income families and receive education assistance said a senior education officer at the Ministry of Education (MoE).
Hj Said Hj Salleh said the students are given donations under an initiative of the Department of Schools through its Miftahun Najah (key to success) Scheme (SMN).
He said these students receive assistance from the department such as help with paying their school fees, stationeries, school uniform, transport and other necessities to help them improve their studies.
“The Student Affairs Section in every school will identify the students who are in need of help. The teaching staff will ask parents to apply for the assistance under this scheme,” said the education officer.
He added: “The department has a committee to evaluate whether the students are from low income families.”
Hj Said said that besides helping the students via donations, the students are also scheduled to attend extra classes to prepare them for their final year examination particularly those who are in Year Six and 11.
“Alhamdulillah, this initiative has helped them to improve in their study and perform well. It is a worthy investment for students’ education. It motivates them to study well and allow them to see the value of education,” he said.
Earlier this year, a report stated that permanent residents are also eligible for the scheme. Based on the SMN guideline published by MoE, among the requirements for eligibility of applicants include a collective family income amounting to not more than $250.
Hj Said said that the number of students listed at the unit has decreased compared to previous years.
“Parents have shown efforts to help improve their standard of living. Some students have been taken out of receiving the donation as their parents are already employed and earning sufficiently.”
The scheme was initiated in 2011 with the aim of ensuring that no students at schools are left behind.
“The department wants all students from various backgrounds to receive equal education opportunity. In order to achieve this goal, we have to meet the basic needs of every student.”
The Brunei Times