Student Device Program received 65,898 applications within a month – Noraini

Student Device Program received 65,898 applications within a month – Noraini

KUALA BESUT: The government received 65,898 tablet applications under the Malaysian Family Student Apprentice Program for the second phase within a month since it first opened on August 1.

Minister of Higher Education Datuk Seri Noraini Ahmad said of the total, 45,341 applications were eligible to receive tablets while 20,557 applications were being processed.

“We have a total of 1.6 million students, however there are over 300,000 B40 students. So we are asking eligible students who have not yet applied to do so because we have until Sept 30 for the application process,” she said.

He said this when met by reporters after completing the Inauguration Ceremony of the Academic and Administrative Building, Al-Wathiqu Billah Library Building, Taman Rimba Ilmu Tanah Bris (TRIBE) and ‘Agropreneur Incubator Park’ (AIP) at Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UniSZA) Besut Campus, here today.

She said the giving of the Samsung brand tablet depends on the application since there are students who do not submit an application because they already have their own laptop or tablet.

In the meantime, Noraini called on various parties, especially the Student Representative Council (MPP) in every higher education institution (IPT) to announce to eligible students to immediately submit applications before Sept 30.

In addition, he said a total of 3,156 Student Device applications in Terengganu had been approved and a total of 150 UniSZA students were the first group to receive the tablets in Terengganu today.

The Malaysian Family Student Device Package is a government initiative in collaboration with selected telecommunication companies to supply a tablet device to every B40 student at IPT.

Previously, applications for the Apprenticeship initiative that was opened online from April 15 to May 15 last for the first phase received about 100,000 applications.

In another development, Noraini said the ministry constantly monitors cafeterias in every public HEI to ensure that the Malaysian Family Menu meal worth RM3.50 is given in reasonable quantities and does not neglect the quality of the food.

“The government has also given a moratorium on rent payments for six months to operators and food service providers in public HEI campuses from last July, so they should be able to offer reasonable quantities of menus to students,” she said.

source – BERNAMA

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