By Zareef Muzammil
SHAH ALAM, Nov 23 — The state government has spent a total of RM91,459.30 to fund students of Akademi Kepimpinan Wanita (AKW) to further their studies under the lifelong learning programme since 2019 until now.
State executive councillor for women development Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud said the funds were channelled to students pursuing diploma, bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the Open University of Malaysia (OUM) and the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM).
She said the academy has successfully produced a total of 180 graduates who underwent the learning process through two cohorts throughout the period.
“As for the third cohort, a total of 121 AKW students are still pursuing the lessons and they are expected to graduate in March next year,” she said during the Selangor State Legislative Assembly here today.
She was responding to a query from Permatang state assemblyman Rozana Zainal Abidin regarding the allocations channelled for the AKW students.
Meanwhile, Siti Mariah said some 113 from 180 AKW graduates or 62.7 per cent are now being employed in various sectors while 75 others are still continuing their learning modules.
“This shows that more than half of the female graduates are working in various fields, in line with AKW’s objective to produce leaders who have the knowledge, skills and ability to lead the organisations,” she said.