Safety in schools of great concern

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 06 Aug 2015

Boost for coffers: Chong presenting the mock cheque for the RM300,000 allocation to a jubilant Liew while headmistress Ooi Gek Yian and Education Department officials look on.

SERI KEMBANGAN: Besides the quality of education, newly-appointed Deputy Education Minister Chong Sin Woon is concerned about safety at schools and the quality of canteen food.

“As parents, we are concerned about the health and wellbeing of our children. We want them to eat healthy food and continue this practice at home, instead of eating fried or oily dishes,” he said.

Chong was making his first visit to SJKC Bukit Serdang, and presented a RM300,000 cheque on behalf of the Education Ministry to the school’s building committee.

“An allocation of RM6.5mil was needed to construct the first phase of the school. The Federal Government gave the allocation on the condition that the committee did not hold any fundraising for the first phase.

“Now we welcome local leaders and the community to give their support and aid the school in terms of equipping it with better facilities,” he said.

Chong also refuted criticisms that the Federal Government did not allow Chinese schools to be built, and said that 83 Chinese vernacular schools (SJKCs) had been built over the past 15 years.

“Of the 83, 14 are new schools while 69 are schools that had been relocated to areas where there was greater demand,” he said.

“The Education Ministry has plans to build new schools to cope with increasing demand, including in rural areas in Sabah and Sarawak, but the funding to build these schools is subject to the allocation in the National Budget.”

SJKC Bukit Serdang building committee chairman Datuk Liew Yuen Keong said the cheque presentation was timely.

“It will be used to finance the construction of the building and to provide the school with better equipment,” he said.

“The committee plans to hold a fundraising event next year to improve the quality of the school’s basic facilities and possibly build the second phase,” he said.

SJKC Bukit Serdang was opened on Monday by Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.

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