Former graduate suffers from ‘cut-throat’ IPTS

A private higher learning institution (IPTS) in Kedah has allegedly ripped off its students by taking a part of the student’s PTPTN loan and zakat contribution for the students.

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Chief Activist of PPIM, Datuk Nadzim Johan (centre) with Noraini Muslim in a media conference on the refusal of Private Higher Learning Institution in paying back the balance fee from the National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) at Our Private Place @ Villa Puteri Condominium Kuala Lumpur.PIX: IMRAN FAKHRI 04 JANUARY 2018.

By Muhammad Azizul Osman

KUALA LUMPUR – A private higher learning institution (IPTS) in the north of the Peninsular Malaysia has allegedly ripped off its students by taking a part of the student’s National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) loan and zakat contribution for the students.

As a result, a former graduate from that IPTS now suffers from the consequences. Besides not getting a guarantee of employment as promised by the institution, she also has to bear the burdens of PTPTN repayments.

One of its victim, Noraini Muslim, 26, said, the management of the IPTS had taken a portion of the loan for administration fees between the college with the PTPTN.

“The total loan of my bachelor degree and diploma totalled up to RM70,000. I received RM8,000 per semester from PTPTN and my fees was slightly above RM3,000.

“I should be getting RM4,500 each semester. However, the college deducted RM500 for administration cost. I am not sure why the college did that. They should not have done so as we had the loan from PTPTN,” she said in a media conference held by the Malaysian Muslim Consumers Association (PPIM).

Former IPTS graduate Noraini Muslim, 26, claimed that she was a victim of a cut-throat IPTS in a media conference at Our Private Place @ Villa Puteri Condominium Kuala Lumpur.
PIX: IMRAN FAKHRI 04 JANUARY 2018.

According to Noraini, each semester, the IPTS will deduct RM500 from her student loan besides her tutorial fee of RM3,000.

The condition continues until she completed her Bachelor of Islamic Banking and Finance two years ago.

“I asked the management during my first year on the deductions. The college replied that the charges were made as an administrative fee between the college and PTPTN.

“When I contacted PPIM, I was told that the IPTS do not need to charge as the loan was made to PTPTN and not the college,” she said.

It’s even more disheartening to find out that the college also took 50 percent of the zakat aid from the state government of Kedah to her.

“I receive RM400 of zakat aid annually as a Kedahan. However, it is very weird to see that the college deducted 50 percent from the aid. That is my money.

“The college said that I had some overdue fees in my bills. However, my fees were paid by the PTPTN and the deduction of RM3,000 was shown clearly,” she added.

Therefore, the Chief Activist of PPIM, Datuk Nadzim Johan urged the government, especially the Ministry of Higher Learning to interfere in this issue to protect the fates of these students as some IPTS only cared about their profits.

“We need to expose complaints on colleges who took advantage of their students through PTPTN loans. We received complaints which include colleges receiving the funds but did not distribute them to their students,” he said.

He also added that PTPTN need to monitor the management of colleges, especially private colleges in their means of distributing the student loans to the students. –MalaysiaGazette

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