The Ministry of Education and Human Resources had promulgated the Education (Amendment) Regulations to increase the number of government scholarships, under the new Government Scholarship Schemes, to students sitting for the Cambridge Higher School Certificate (HSC) examinations.
The government scholarships awarded are the prestigious two Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam (SSR) National Scholarships; 16 State of Mauritius Scholarships; and 50 additional scholarships.
The minister of Tertiary Education, Science, Research and Technology, Rajesh Jeetah is very pleased this initiative is going ahead. He said: “This year there will be 45 laureates, 14 will be additional according to the New Laureate Scheme.”
“There will be more scholarships and the students will be encouraged to compete for these. They will strive harder as more scholarships will be available for them. The number of scholarships has doubled,” he added.
However, Jeetah made it clear that the competition will be tougher and the level expected from the students to obtaine the scholarships will be raised.
“These students will have the chances to choose courses related to the subject they studied in Higher School Certificate.”
All laureates would have the option to study either in a recognised university overseas or locally, in an approved tertiary education institution.