MORE AID TO COME: Funds to upgrade buildings, buy furniture in 817 schools
KUALA LUMPUR: THE 817 government-aided Chinese schools have started receiving their allocation from a special fund under the Education Ministry for maintenance, renovation or upgrading works, as well as new furniture and equipment.
Johor recorded the highest number of recipients for the allocation. State Education Department director Mohd Nor A. Ghani said 126 government-aided Chinese schools received RM14.1 million during a presentation ceremony here on Monday.
Of the total, RM12.8 million was given to 123 Chinese primary schools, while the remaining RM1.3 million to three secondary schools.
"The funds would be channelled into the accounts of the respective schools' management boards.
"The allocation is mainly for minor maintenance, renovation or upgrading works, as well as purchasing new furniture and equipment for the schools," said Nor.
The RM14.1 million is part of a RM100 million allocation for Chinese schools nationwide.
Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin had said RM987.1 million was to be disbursed to 4,374 schools in stages beginning in June to ensure the schools were in good physical condition.
From the special fund, some RM500 million will go to national schools and RM100 million each to Chinese, Tamil, missionary and religious schools.
Nor said the allocation for each Chinese school in Johor was based on the size, number of students, and current needs for infrastructure and equipment.
"The state MCA and state division leaders were also instrumental in identifying schools which needed help upgrading and those that needed new infrastructure."
He said SJK (C) Pei Hwa in Taman Perling, Johor Baru received the highest allocation at RM1 million.
In Jasin, Malacca, 42 government-aided Chinese schools received RM5.22 million.
Deputy Education Minister Datuk Wee Ka Siong presented the cheque to the school on Monday.
He said the ministry would also disburse RM2.82 million to 16 government-aided mission schools in Malacca.
"We are finalising the details and an announcement will be made soon," he said.
In Alor Star, Kedah, 68 primary and four secondary schools will receive RM5.6 million and RM1.4 million to improve infrastructure facilities and buy new equipment.
State MCA chairman Datuk Chong Itt Chew said Wee was expected to hand over the allocation to the schools during a presentation at SRJK (c) Keat Hwa in Seberang Perak this Friday. Additional reporting by Adib Povera