2019/2020 National Budget: Foundation students cannot apply for Toppers

FOUNDATION students will no longer be eligible to apply for the National Toppers Scholarship, says Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

He said this was because students who opted for scholarship under foundation studies had a stronger chance to earn a scholarship compared with their Year 13 counterparts.

“Students need a certain number of marks to pass Year 13,” he said.

“Unfortunately some universities are bending the rules in order to fill their own coffers, allowing students who have actually failed Year 13 to do degree courses.

“That practice will no longer be allowed.

“To get into university, students need to earn the necessary marks to pass Year 13 fair and square.

“We have also seen some concerning outcomes among students who opt for foundation year rather than compete Year 13.

“On paper, these students are doing extremely well and many go on to be awarded toppers scholarship.

“In reality, the course offerings during the foundation year are not the same as Year 13 classes and exams.

“A lot of parents know that and those that have extra money are happily paying for their child to go into foundation in order for them to get favourable marks in order to get a toppers scholarship.

“It’s a classic case of the haves getting by easier than the have-nots who have been left out with little choice other than disqualifying students who opt for the foundation year from receiving toppers scholarships.”

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