NILAI: Parents or guardians of 3,089,868 eligible students in government schools nationwide can start collecting RM100 in aid from their respective schools.
Deputy Education Minister Datuk Chong Sin Woon said the Government has already channelled the RM308.9mil allocated for the purpose to 10,234 schools nationwide.
"The aid is to enable families with a household income of less than RM3,000 to use the cash to buy books and other related items for their children," said Chong.
He said that the Government decided to give out the aid as it understands that parents are burdened with additional expenses at the start of the new school term.
Chong said this after presenting aid to 305 pupils at SJKT Nilai and 148 pupils at SJKC Kuo Min here on Thursday (Jan 25).
He said that he hoped that parents would find the time to go to the schools to collect the aid.
"We are afraid to give the money to the students as they may lose it," he said.
He said 1,692,187 recipients are from 7,797 primary schools and 1,397,681 are from 2,437 secondary schools.
The highest number of recipients are in Selangor with 409,454 students, Johor with 385,512 students, Sabah with 381,174 students and Sarawak with 341,774 students.
Chong also said that 61,701 eligible Form Six students will be able to collect the Siswa 1Malaysia discount debit card issued by Bank Rakyat from their respective schools.
They will each be eligible for RM250 to buy books from approved bookstores.
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