WE HAVE heard so many times about the delay by the Ministry of Education (MoE) Scholarship Department in releasing the names of people for their upcoming university enrolments.
But in the midst of the same frustration, another issue has surfaced that further aggravates some if not all parents who are hopeful for their children’s future.
As we already know, HECAS reportedly provides an easy platform to apply for local and international institutions with a preconceived notion in mind that if one institution accepts a student, regardless of local or overseas institutions, the others will reject and vice versa.
This is how it is since the establishment of the HECAS system.
And from that fact alone, we are to believe there is an established communication between granting local institutions and the Scholarship Department for overseas studies of MoE scholars.
However, the problem now is there have been cases where all applications to local and overseas institutions have been rejected altogether without any logical explanations whatsoever.
It is happening to high achievers in this country with grade points more than 300.
One of them, unfortunately, is my own child who has obtained more than 300 points in ‘A’ Level, and who had to make an absurd appeal to Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) and MoE Scholarship Department to plug this loophole created by the ministry itself.
Clearly from this issue arises a deeper and alarming disconnection between granting local institutions and Scholarship Department of MoE.
Moreover, the fact that my child, an excellent student, is facing the prospect of not going anywhere makes me angry as MoE Scholarship authorities only suggested to appeal since the damage has been done.
For a sane person, in any rational argument, an appeal is only logical when the student has low grades or does not have the required qualifications to enter institutions or both.
My child’s case is neither of those.
The issue is further worsened with blame games and shallow excuses by authorities to get away with that loophole.
Instead of reasserting and justifying those typical irresponsible stereotypes every year, why not provide solutions for this issue? Much simpler, is it not?
The issue is simple enough to be resolved because it involves students that have already met the requirements for university entry, regardless of local or overseas institutions.
These students should have been offered swift alternatives before being done in by an obvious loophole in the system.
Asking these students to make an appeal at this point in time is ridiculous.
Last but not least, I have brought up this matter to the public not to point fingers at any institutions but to ensure the same trivial problem won’t happen again in the future.
This issue should not happen to any student, especially to any bright and able student.
What’s sadder is that they are being treated as second-class and lower in this issue.
Precious time is also being wasted just to address this trivial error. It is counterproductive and unprogressive especially for Brunei’s Vision 2035. Concerned authorities should know better.
– Reasonable Parent