THE Education Ministry has no qualms about allowing Parent-Teacher Associations (PTAs) play a bigger role in decision-making if they are up to standard and have good leadership qualities, Tamil Nesan reported.
Its minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said good leadership in the PTAs was necessary to ensure the success of the country’s teaching agenda, adding that the ministry was drafting guidelines for PTAs to function better.
He said PTAs must organise activities that would benefit students and schools.
Hishammuddin also said the ministry was considering the request by PTAs in Sabah and Sarawak to set up community colleges in these states.
Ministry to review loan approval system> Deputy Entrepreneur and Cooperative Development Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah said the ministry would re-visit existing pre-conditions and would also amend them, if necessary, to suit present needs to speed up loan approvals.
He said this move was made following complaints from businessmen, hawkers and petty traders who faced problems in securing business loans due to bureaucratic procedures and rigid conditions.
Procedures governing loan applications, approvals and disbursements must be customer-friendly, he said.
Saifuddin also said banks and financial institutions entrusted with managing the funds should not impose complicated conditions on applicants.
Other News & Views is compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a sub-heading, it denotes a separate news item.
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