RM1.6mil for Chinese schools

Money for schools: Mah (bottom left) presenting the allocations for building maintenance and repairs to the 16 Chinese schools in a virtual ceremony.

SIXTEEN Chinese secondary schools received the school maintenance and repair allocations ahead of the Chinese New Year festivities. Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon said each school received RM100,000 totalling RM1.6mil.

These schools comprise nine government Chinese secondary schools, three government-aided secondary schools and four partially-aided secondary schools, he said during a virtual cheque presentation ceremony on Tuesday. The allocation is part of the RM620mil allocated for the maintenance of institutions that fall under the Education Ministry in Budget 2021.

Mah said this is the first year the allocations were “institutionalised” based on the school’s category such as whether it is a government, government-aided or partially-aided school.

This has helped ease the unhappiness some of these schools faced last year when they could not receive the money for maintenance and repairs even though they “see themselves as Chinese secondary schools”, he said, adding that there are many types of schools in the nation, and some Chinese schools fell under the national secondary school category although they function as vernacular schools.

The schools that received the allocations today are SMJK Ayer Tawar, Perak; SMJK Hua Lian, Perak; SMJK Yoke Kuan, Selangor; SMJK Khai Mun, Pahang; SMJK Tanah Puteh, Pahang; SMJK Chung Ching, Pahang; SMJK Triang, Pahang; SMJK Keat Hwa 1, Kedah; SMJK Keat Hwa 2, Kedah; SMJK Chio Min, Kedah; SMJK Chung Hwa Wei Sin, Terengganu; SMJK Perlis, Perlis; SMJK Jit Sin 2, Penang; SMJK Chung Ling Butterworth, Penang; SMJK Heng Ee Cawangan, Penang and SMJK Chan Wa 2, Negri Sembilan. – By REBECCA RAJAENDRAM

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