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Cabinet ruling on school construction applies to all government-aided schools


BAHAU: The Cabinet ruling that schools no longer need to raise a minimum 80% of funds for their construction projects before applying for Education Ministry approval also applies to other government-aided schools, such as Tamil and mission schools.

Deputy Education Minister Datuk Chong Sin Woon said the decision was timely as it would allow schools to start their projects without having to wait until they raised the lion's share of the funds required.

"This is a good move simply because most individuals would only make donations once they see the project taking shape.

"If the school asks for donations without having any physical work to show, then donors are usually reluctant to part with their money," he told reporters after presenting the annual grant to representatives from SMJK Chi Wen and SMJK Chung Hua Kuala Pilah here on Thursday.

Earlier, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong said Chinese schools would no longer need to raise a minimum of 80% of funds for their construction projects in order to start the projects.

He said the Cabinet had decided to scrap the rule at its meeting on Wednesday as the condition was “unnecessary and unreasonable”.

He said the condition was put in place by the ministry’s education planning and research division.

Dr Wee had said the division imposed the requirement because it claimed some schools had failed to complete their projects due to insufficient funds.

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