JOHOR BARU: Chinese schools should use the allocation they receive from the Government to carry out necessary upgrades and renovations, said Deputy Education Minister Datuk Chong Sin Woon.
Chong said during his visits to some schools, he had noticed that they chose to upgrade their school hall or auditorium although their toilets and desks were in poor condition.
“I have noticed a small number of schools doing this – spending on luxurious items for their hall and auditorium but neglecting the pupils’ desks and chairs which are used for daily classes.
“This is why there are certain cases of conflict between the Parent-Teacher Association and the school board of directors – they feel that the funds were not put to good use,” he said during a visit to SJK(C) Chien Chi.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong and Chong handed out allocations to 212 schools in Johor.
The funds from the Federal Government totalled RM6.9mil, while RM2mil came from the state government.
Some schools, Chong pointed out, even chose to keep the funds in the bank instead of using it to upgrade their facilities.
He said the allocation given for each financial year should be used within the year so that a expenditure report could be submitted to the Education Ministry.
The ministry, he said, was also subjected to financial audit and hoped that the schools could improve their management of the funds and use them according to their applications.
He said under last year’s budget allocation to Chinese schools, 95% of the schools nationwide submitted their spending reports to the ministry.
Dr Wee hoped Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin would consider increasing the allocation for Chinese schools.
“The Mentri Besar told me at an event earlier that SJK(C)s make the Malaysian education system more complete and I think this is his way of recognising the role of Chinese schools in our multi-racial country,” said Dr Wee.
He also thanked the ministry for giving Johor five new Chinese schools – all named after the country’s Chinese leaders – and relocating two in order to cater to the increasing demand for Chinese education.
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