KUALA LUMPUR: Deputy Education Minister Datuk P. Kamalanathan said the Finance Ministry has approved an allocation of RM1 million this year for the Poor Students’ Trust Fund (PSTF).
Kamalanathan (BN-Hulu Selangor) said 1,061,381 students are expected to be benefiting from PSTF this year.
He said three types of mechanism are used to identify and to determine the beneficiaries of PSTF.
The information of recipients are obtained from e-Kasih, the Department of Orang Asli Development as well as existing data and details from schools, Kamalanathan told Dewan Rakyat today.
When asked by Budiman Mohd Zohdi (BN-Sungai Besar) in his supplementary questions on the steps being taken by the ministry to ensure the continuity and consistency of PSTF, he said the ministry had been promoting the PSTF through digital and print media. “The promotional programmes such as interviews and awareness campaign are aired during prime time on television and radio.
“We also created awareness campaigns among private companies as well as the public to contribute to this fund.
“Currently, there are 10,106 civil servants contributing to this fund,” said Kamalanathan.
He said the fund would be distributed to deserving students without discrimination, be it urban or rural students, regardless of their background.
In response to another question from Fong Kui Lun (DAP-Bukit Bintang), he said the poverty status of the recipients is based on the National Poverty Line Income 2014.