24 August 2019
Most students from poor families studying at the universities and polytechnics can look forward to a substantial reduction of their tuition fees, as well as an increase in the bursary amounts.
Once the higher bursary is implemented, polytechnic students who come from the lowest 20 per cent of household income groups will pay no more than $150 of the $2,900 annual fees.
At the university level, the most needy students will pay only $2,000 a year.
Government bursaries for new and existing medical and dentistry undergraduates will also be increased, with the 20 per cent least well-off students having to pay only $5,000 a year.
Around 21,000 undergraduates, including those from medicine, are expected to benefit from the bursaries.