Higher Education Minister Idris Jusoh said the cost of education in Malaysia is almost free as the government provides various assistance to students while study fees at public universities are still low compared with those in other countries.
“For example, the cost of each student studying medicine annually is about RM60,000,but only five per cent is borne by the students.”
He said this when replying to Wan Azizah Wan Ismail (PKR-Permatang Pauh) on whether the government planned to review the study fees by public universities to reduce the burden on the students, he told Parliament here today.
In fact, the students receive various educational assistance, including from the National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN), which finances over 200,000 students, and from the Public Service Department (PSD).
Idris said the difference in study fees imposed by public universities is because they are determined by the respective administrators.
“Public universities awarded autonomous status can determine the study fees.
“However, I have directed every university not to raise fees for undergraduates.
“I notice there is no rise in fees.”
Meanwhile, a commotion broke out when Normala Abdul Samad (BN-Pasir Gudang) questioned why Universiti Selangor (Unisel) does not provide free education to its students.
However, Dewan Rakyat Speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia urged members of parliam