Minister: PSD reverting bursary eligibility for top SPM scorers
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KUALA LUMPUR, March 19 — Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong today thanked the Public Service Department (PSD) for withdrawing its new sponsorship programme for SPM students that required them to get straight A+.
According to the Star Online, the minister in the Prime Minister’s Department said he was informed that the PSD had reverted to its previous bursary eligibility of 9A+ or more.
“The matter was highlighted to me by many that the JPA had suddenly changed its requirement for the bursary programme, which would only allow those who scored all A+ to be eligible,” he said, using the Malay abbreviation for PSD.
Wee also thanked Chief Secretary Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa and PSD director-general Datuk Seri Zainal Rahim Seman via Twitter for the move.
“Thank you KSN TS @AliHamsa & KPPA (Zainal) for taking immediate action in amending the bursary legibility,” he tweeted.
Under the now defunct 9A+ Sponsorship Programme, bursaries were only allocated to students with full A+ for all subjects they sat in the SPM examination.
Among others, it also aimed to fund 102 students to renowned universities worldwide as opposed to 20 students in the current scheme.
Under the present scheme, bursaries will be given to 250 students who score 9A+ or more.