20,000 pupils to get school attire

(From left) Yusup, Amat Roslan, Najib, Khalid and Zaizalnizam launching the Riang Ria Kembali Ke Sekolah 2019 programme in Kuala Lumpur.

SOME 20,000 pupils from national, vernacular as well as special schools in Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan will receive aid under the Riang Ria Kembali Ke Sekolah 2019 programme.

Vouchers worth RM2.5mil will be distributed to pupils from B40 families by their respective schools.

Each pupil can redeem vouchers worth RM120 for three pairs of school uniform, two pairs of socks and a white sports T-shirt each at selected redemption centres courtesy of Federal Territories Foundation (YWP).

Federal Territories Minister Khalid Abdul Samad, who is YWP chairman, launched the programme at Tamu Hotel & Suites, Kuala Lumpur.

Also present were Kuala Lumpur Federal Territory Education Department planning and management sector deputy education director Najib Ab Rahman, Putrajaya Federal Territory Education Department student development deputy director Amat Roslan Abdul Rahman and Labuan Federal Territory Education Department deputy director Yusup Mohamad.

Khalid said the programme was aimed at easing the burden of the B40 group in the Federal Territories for the new school session next year.

“I was told that the names of the pupils were given to YWP by their respective schools, ” he said, adding that the government through various agencies would always strive to help B40 families.

YWP chief executive Zaizalnizam Zainun said the RM120 voucher could be redeemed at Starvilion Sdn Bhd store in Section 17, Shah Alam, from Nov 28 to Jan 31 next year.

SK Taman Melati pupils’ affairs senior assistant Rosli Juhari @ Zahari said 80 pupils from the school received the aid.

SJKC Kwong Hon pupils’ affairs senior assistant Siow Chin Hion said 42 children received vouchers from YWP.

SK Seri Kepong senior assistant Saraswathy Kunju said 87 children from her school received vouchers.

“Some pupils from low-income families cannot even afford a pencil.

“This programme is very beneficial and should be continued, ” she added.

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