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Education Ministry says GATE stays but with some adjustments

The Ministry of Education says the Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses programme will continue.

In a release earlier today, the Ministry outlined the alterations that will be made to the programme, as was announced by Education Minister Anthony Garcia back in 2016.

The major changes remain that the programme, which in its previous state provided 100% funding across the board, will now require households earning more than $10,000 monthly, to fork out some money towards their tuition.

Meanwhile, household earning more than 10,000 but less than 30,000 will pay 25% of their tuition costs, while households in which the monthly income exceeds $30, 000 will now have to pay half the cost.

Government has also increased the loan ceiling for the Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP) from $25,000 to $35,000 for the benefit of households that now have to partially fund themselves.

The Ministry says the changes were made as the programme could no longer function in its prior state, given the recent economic downturn.