- In the past two years, the government had given grants to all Chinese independent secondary schools in the country i.e. 12 million in 2019 and 15 million for this year. It is hoped that the government through the Budget 2021 could institutionalize allocation of such grants, besides increasing the amount.
- It is also hoped that the government could continue to provide grants to the three Chinese community run university colleges, namely the Southern University College, New Era University College, and Han Chiang University College which received a grant of RM200,000 each, in the last two years.
- Government should also institutionalize allocation of a reasonable amount of grants for all Chinese primary schools and national-type secondary schools.
- Government to provide sufficient funding for Chinese primary schools which are in need of expansion or relocation, in accordance to the size of the local Chinese community, and their needs.
- Government to allocate more funds and to ram up efforts to improve internet broadband access and speed, especially in the rural and suburban areas, besides providing necessary training to the teachers. This is in order to boost the capacity and efficiency of distant learning programs initiated by the Ministry of Education, which has now become essential for the teachers and students, under the ‘new norm’.
- During this extraordinary challenging period of Movement Control Orders (MCO) of various categories, where studies are being conducted online, the government should further reduce the tuition fees and miscellaneous fees of public universities, besides encouraging private colleges to also do the same, so as to help ease financial burden of parents, especially those who are adversely affected by the pandemic.
- Government to relax the household income threshold for the application of higher education grants, so as to enable more students from medium-and-low income families to pursue their higher education.
- Besides extending the moratorium on repayment of National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) loans to December, the government should also consider reintroducing the attractive discount of 20%, or more, in order to encourage students who can afford to settle their study loan in one single payment, to come forward.