PERAK gave out a total of RM343,000 to 12 primary and secondary vernacular and mission schools in the Ipoh Timur constituency to cover utility bills incurred in the first half of the year.
Ipoh Timur MCA chief Datuk Chew Wai Khoon handed out the allocations on behalf of the state government to the schools’ representatives in a simple ceremony at SJK(C) Yuk Choy last Thursday.
The primary schools included SJK(C) Chung Shan, SJK(C) Yuk Choy, SJK(C) Ave Maria Convent, SJK(C) Sam Chai and SJK(C) Sam Tet.
The secondary schools that received the allocations were SMJK Perempuan Perak, SMK Perempuan Methodist, SMJK Ave Maria Convent, SMK Methodist (ACS) Ipoh, SMJK Sam Tet, SMK St Michael and SMK Convent.
According to Chew, the state government has been subsidising the utility bills of Chinese and Tamil primary schools as well as national-type secondary schools and missionary schools since 2010.
In his speech, Chew also touched on the need for schools to impart the right knowledge and skills on their pupils and students to help them secure jobs in the future.
“Jobs are being taken over by robots, machines and computers these days.
“For example, it used to take 300 to 400 employees to run a car assembly plant, now it only takes a fraction of that number to do so.
“Our future generation needs to have the right set of skills in order to stay relevant,” he said.
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