I WOULD like to vent my unhappiness over the manner the Ministry of Education (MoE) handles applications of scholarships.
My son who was a DANA scholarship holder (for ‘A’ Level and BSc Degree) had sent in his application for a Masters
Degree programme to the London Student Unit in April 2014.
Upon returning to Brunei in July, we went to the MoE to enquire about his application.
We saw an A4-sized notice near an elevator stating “Application for scholarships ends on June 17, 2014”.
At the Ministry of Education, we were told that my son’s application had not been forwarded from London and hence, my son immediately submitted another application form (to pursue his Masters Degree programme).
I do not understand why these DANA scholars have to go through another round of applications/interviews since they had gone through the first round of applications/interviews and acquired the required results and have acceptance letters from reputed universities.
Isn’t their education a progression?
I was made to understand that they were encouraged to further their studies to the highest level (PhD) during their first scholarship award ceremony.
Don’t you think this is creating more unnecessary hold-ups with the addition of many new applications (for scholarships to do Degree/Masters/PhD) each year?
Two months after handing in the re-application in July, a date was set for interviews and they were hastily conducted.
The result of the interviews has not been disclosed to us.
This delay has given us so much stress as the university would withdraw its offer. It has also given us very little time to arrange for funds and other preparations (accommodation, etc) for my son.
We called the MoE and went there personally to enquire.
However, each time we were asked to wait for a phone call or told that the letter would be sent to us.
It has already been a month after the interview, and yet, we are still left hanging in the air awaiting for the result.
We, however, remain grateful that a scholarship was granted for my son’s Degree programme.
The main objective of writing this letter is to highlight to the MoE that it is important to reply to all applicants as soon as possible so that parents have time to execute a back-up plan.
– Unhappy Parent