Ministry of Higher Education urges public universities to reduce university fees | Malaysia

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Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Noraini Ahmad said the MoHE had also asked universities not to charge fees on other activities because most students were not on campus during the pandemic of Covid-19. – Photo by Yusof Mat Isa

KUALA LUMPUR, July 16 – The Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) has urged public universities to reduce their tuition fees, especially for students financially affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

In a statement released today, the ministry noted that public universities have already put in place several initiatives to ease the financial burden on students since the start of the second semester 2019/2020, including reducing fees for services, hostels and college activities an average of 10 to 35 percent.

“The fee reduction for the second semester of the 2019/2020 academic session for all Malaysian students involved an allocation of RM 75 million, of which RM 20 million is an additional allocation from the government and RM 55 million using resources. AU interns (public universities).

“For the first semester of the 2020/2021 academic session, a fee reduction of RM70.2 million has been provided by the public university. Meanwhile, for the second session of the 2020/2021 academic session, a reduction of RM 40.5 million has been granted.

“This initiative has an estimated financial result of RM185.7 million which will benefit 386,142 students for the three semesters,” the statement said.

Last month, the MoHE confirmed that there would be no fee hike for students at higher education institutions (IPTs).

Its Minister Datuk Seri Noraini Ahmad said the MoHE had also asked universities not to charge fees on other activities because most students were not on campus during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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