MIRI: Chinese schools in Sarawak are hopeful that the RM9mil allocated to them as development funds this year be disbursed much faster.
Sarawak United Peoples Party (SUPP) vice-president Datuk Lee Kim Shin said the schools needed the money before the beginning of the year.
“The schools are glad that they are getting the much-needed funds from the Government.
“However, the money must be disbursed fast because it will help the schools in their planning.
“ They have to decide whether to go for new buildings or upgrade the present facilities.
“Right now the money comes late, sometimes a year later,” he said.
Lee was commenting on the news that the Education Ministry would start giving the money to 180 Chinese schools in Sarawak by this week. Lee, who is also Assistant Tourism Minister and Senadin assemblyman, said the Chinese schools needed the funds badly due to rapid increase in pupil enrolment.
The number of new pupils surge very fast every year as the schools catered to all races.
“Chinese schools in Sarawak have a big population of bumiputra students.
“In my constituency, 70% of SJK(C) Chung Hua Tudan pupils are bumiputra.
“Thus, the Government should give fixed annual financial allocations,” Lee said.
“By giving fixed allocations every year, the schools will be able to do proper planning for the whole year.
“I hope the Government will understand the needs of schools in Sarawak.
“They must allocate enough for us to meet current and anticipated needs,” he added.