TADIKA Junior Intelek, in Penang, was one of the pre-schools to receive the pre-school launching grant. It used the RM10,000 from the grant to buy school supplies, toys, and teaching and learning tools for the pre-school, says its principal Rafizah Ismail.
“We applied for and received the grant last year, and it helped the school to provide better learning tools for the students,” she says.
The grant certainly helps small pre-schools to set up, agrees Jamilah Hassan, principal of Tadika Al-Fatah in Perlis, which currently has 21 students. The school used the grant it received to construct a new building and outfit it. “We did not have a permanent place before this; we were operating out of temporary premises,” she explains. “Now we have our own building where the children can have more structured learning.”
Another small pre-school that benefited from the grant is Tadika Bina Intelek in Selangor. The school has 25 students aged from four to six years in two classes, reveals its principal Nasibah Idris. The RM10,000 grant it received went towards building renovations, teaching equipment, and outdoor and indoor games for the students.
“I’m really grateful for the grant. Without it, I wouldn’t have been able to upgrade the school,” she says. All three principals agree that the government should continue to allocate funds for this scheme. “By giving this grant, the government is encouraging more small pre-schools to set up, which is what Malaysia needs.”