UTUSAN Malaysia reported that 450,000 pupils in Years Four, Five and Six from low-income families started extra classes under the Tuition Voucher Scheme on Thursday.
The scheme, announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi on Dec 30, will involve 65,000 full-time teachers giving tuition outside school hours.
Sarawak tops the list with 79,000 students in need of such assistance, followed by Sabah (76,000) and Kelantan (70,000).
The scheme covers Bahasa Melayu, English, Mathematics and Science, and headmasters will be responsible for its administration, which includes the selection of students and teachers.
Students who qualify to come under the scheme are those from families with monthly incomes below RM530, RM585 and RM685 in Peninsular Malaysia, Sarawak and Sabah respectively.
The daily also reported that Sarawakian Ursulla Goh had become the first Malaysian to hold the post of president in the Associated Country Women of the World (ACWW).
Goh, who was deputy president from 1998 to March this year, took over the reins from India's Aroti Dutt, president for 33 years. Formed in 1933, ACWW’s main focus is women's rights, especially those of homemakers and teenage girls.
According to Berita Harian, the public said the RM1.60 toll at the New Pantai Express (NPE) was too hefty for road users. They suggested the charges be dropped and the amount they saw fit was between 80 sen and RM1.
Many felt that the toll,which came into effect yesterday, was unfair as it was for the widening of an existing road.
Deputy Works Minister Datuk Mohd Zin Mohamed, however, said the current rates were reasonable as the construction cost was RM1.36bil.
The charges, he added, were not too high as travel time on the NPE was shorter than that on the Federal Highway.