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Sunday July 20, 2008

Vernacular schools assured of allocation

KOTA BARU: Vernacular schools will not be overlooked, although the country is grappling with rising costs of living as a result of soaring fuel prices globally.

Deputy Education Minister Dr Wee Ka Siong said the ministry would ensure there was adequate funding to address issues such as electricity and water tariff payments, and if needed, review the per capita grants allocated to vernacular schools.

He said the allocation would not be speedily disbursed in some situations, as the ministry preferred a step-by-step process to ensure no schools or teachers were left out when raising the grants.

Dr Wee said this after attending the 54th anniversary dinner of the Kelantan Chinese Schools Co-ordinators and Teachers Association here on Friday.

As for the acute teacher shortage in Chinese schools, Dr Wee said a circular was issued for such schools to hire retired teachers on a contract basis.

He added that there was also a reserve pool of teachers formed to help expedite the process of finding replacement teachers.

Despite concerns over the economy, the country’s pledge to develop human capital would not be neglected, said Dr Wee.

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