Gov’t saves RM240m yearly by cutting JPA scholarships

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Government has the opportunity to save up to RM240 million annually by cutting down on scholarships for 744 Public Service Department (JPA) scholars studying overseas, the Parliament heard today.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Azalina Othman Said said to date, there were some 7,736 students studying abroad under government sponsorship.

“The amount spent on a JPA scholar every year differs according to their field of study and the country they are studying in.

“The average annual expenditure for a local student sponsored by the government can be between RM10,350 and RM12,690, whereas for their counterparts abroad, the amount is between RM38,115 and RM277,515,” said Azalina in the Dewan Rakyat.

She said this in a written reply to Teresa Kok (DAP-Seputeh) who asked the Prime Minister to state the average amount saved by the government after their recent decision to cancel JPA scholarships given to more than 700 students who wanted to study overseas.

Kok also asked the premier to specify the number of students studying abroad under government sponsorship and the cost it involved.