THE Penang government has given RM8.39mil to 124 schools in the state as part of its annual education financial aid.
The allocation is for specific categories of schools such as Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Cina (SJKC), Sekolah Menengah Jenis Kebangsaan (SMJK), mission schools and independent Chinese schools.
Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow presented a mock cheque in a ceremony in Komtar recently.
The presentation this year was conducted without the presence of school representatives due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Out of the total amount given for this year, RM6.39mil will be for all SJKC, SMJK and mission schools with the balance RM2mil for independent Chinese schools.
“This annual effort by the state government is to assist schools to upgrade existing facilities and build new ones if needed.
“A total 124 schools will benefit from this initiative, namely 88 SJKCs, 12 SMJKs, five independent Chinese schools and 19 mission schools.
“I would like to thank all for making this annual initiative a success despite the pandemic, ” he said.
Chow hoped that the schools would utilise the allocation for the benefit of their students and teachers.
“Teachers, school management boards plus parent-teacher associations (PTAs) play a very important role to ensure that the teaching and learning process is not affected throughout this trying period.
“I hope all of you will keep up the good work and continue to inspire students to excel, ” said Chow.
The allocations for the Chinese schools will be channelled to their respective school management boards.
Meanwhile, the other schools will receive the aid through their PTA.
Also at the ceremony was Penang social development and non-Islamic religious affairs committee chairman Chong Eng, who said payment would only be made to schools when upgrading or building work starts.
She said the schools would also need to prepare reports on the progress of the work.