THE bulk of the country’s budget is channelled towards education simply because the government’s focus is on giving its people access to quality education.
Education Ministry secretary-general Tan Sri Dr Madinah Mohamad said Malaysia’s push for quality education was the envy of many countries.
She said education expenditure allocated from the federal government’s annual budget stood at 21% when speaking on Innovation as a Strategic Imperative for the Organisation held recently in conjunction with the 2016 Commonwealth Association for Public Administration and Management (Capam) session.
“The government sees education as an investment, not a cost and, therefore, the government has provided adequate facilities.
Dr Madinah said co-curricular activities were given due importance because there was a proper system in place.
"The government even has a special programme called the Supplementary Food Programme where money is allocated to provide nutritious meals for children from poor socio-economic backgrounds, to ensure they get a headstart in school,” she said.
It was moderated by adviser and head of the Commonwealth Secretariat's Public Sector Governance Unit, Dr Joan Nwasike.
She said fees and other sub charges were subsidised by the government, which made education in Malaysia “almost free”.
Meanwhile, education deputy director-general (Education Operations) Datuk Ahmad Tajuddin Jab said the ministry encouraged the schools to implement the programme so that both teachers and students shared the skills and experiences as leaders. – Bernama