I WOULD like to voice out my frustration and dissatisfaction towards the relevant authorities for failing to respond to numerous requests made by the public to make the education loan rules clearer.
When it was announced during His Majesty’s birthday, many were overjoyed by the fact that the education loan would be made available for those who did not qualify for the scholarship interview. Little did they know that obtaining one seems as if reaching for the horizon.
It seems to me as if the education loan is extremely difficult or almost impossible to obtain. Furthermore, the administration fee that is imposed adds salt to the wound as it causes additional burden.
The Ministry of Education had issued a statement claiming that the number of scholarships are not limited.
However, comparing to the yesteryear, the scholarship recipients are decreasing. Many of the courses are now available locally, so scholars opt for courses that are not available in Brunei institutions.
The next question begs, those courses that the scholars choose just for the fact that they can travel overseas, are they really required by the country?
I have plenty of friends who have not yet landed a job after graduating more than a year overseas.
What concerns everyone the most are vicious crimes that are recently occurring in Brunei. Isn’t there a distinctly strong correlation between unemployment and crime rate?