TEACHERS, students and administrators of 113 Perak national secondary and Chinese schools were overjoyed after they received RM16.8 million from Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong via their schools' respective board of governors here recently.
IPOH: The money is to rebuild damaged buildings, construct new classrooms, science labs and renovate existing premises.
The schools comprise 96 Chinese and 17 national secondary schools. Wee said the money is part of the RM100 million allocation approved by the government for Chinese schools under the 2012 budget.
"We hope to present the money to most of the schools before Hari Raya, while one or two states will receive the money after Raya," he said.
To date schools in Johor, Malacca, Negri Sembilan and Perak have received the monetary aid. In the next two weeks, the aid would be distributed to Kedah, Selangor, Sabah and Sarawak schools.
By end of this month, all the schools will have received the funds.
Also present were Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha and Deputy Home Minister Datuk Lee Chee Leong.
Meanwhile, for the 100-year-old SMJK Shing Chung Sungai Siput, the RM1 million that it received comes in handy as one of the school's blocks was razed in a fire in 2006.
The school's board of governors chairman Tang Loo Chern said the money will be used to build a three-storey building with 22 classrooms and four science labs to accommodate 1,900 students.
"However, the allocation is insufficient as construction costs amount to RM3 million. So we will have to organise fund-raising programmes to pay for the rest of the costs.
SMJK Katholik Tanjung Malim also received the same amount to build a hall.
"At present we are using a nearby community hall for activities," said the school's board of governors chairman, Lee Sam Ong.
The aid would also enable the school to build eight classrooms to cater for the expected increase in student enrolment.
The school would find other means to raise another RM55,000 to top up the construction costs.
The only Chinese school in Perak Tengah district, SJK (C) Jalan Belanja, Parit, which was built in 1964, received RM50,000.
The money will be used for renovation works.