I HAVE a self-sponsored son studying law in the United Kingdom at one of the top 20 universities.
Unfortunately, his first year result was only lower two and based on the current Ministry of Education (MoE) study loan policy, it will be rejected as it only caters for those who achieve upper two.
I was very happy to hear the titah of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam that the government would be providing this facility to many of us not given scholarships the best opportunity to study abroad especially if courses are unavailable in Brunei.
I share my view with SangKaran in the Borneo Bulletin dated September 10, the so-called study loan policy is short-sighted and was implemented without much thought.
This could be seen as the MoE was scrambling to organise a meeting when confronted by parents and students on the loan issue. The policy is unfriendly as its requirement is similar to scholarship students.
I would like to suggest the MOE review the study loan policy by considering various categories such as those who are studying at top ranking universities despite below lower two should be considered on par with those who have achieved upper one at university say with 50th ranking.
Ensure courses taken are in good demand in Brunei such as engineering, geophysics, petroleum engineering, law etc. These would be graduates who are easily employable and they will be able to pay their loans without facing any problems.
Many parents and students are unhappy with the policy as it only caters for those that fit into the scholarship scheme and not what was mentioned in the titah.
The Study Loan is unfriendly and does not serve its purpose.
– Unhappy Parent