KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): The Education Ministry is providing Early School Assistance to more than three million schoolchildren from Year One up to Form 5, starting Friday (Jan 4).
Its Minister Dr Maszlee Malik (pic) said the ministry allocated RM312mil for such assistance involving 3,121,774 primary and secondary school students in 10,175 government schools (SK) and government-aided schools (SBK).
"Each student will receive RM100. The distribution to all students will be made in January and any deductions and distribution other than cash is not allowed," he said in a statement.
Maszlee added that students who were eligible to receive the aid were from among households that earned RM3,000 and below.
"The Education Ministry gives the school the responsibility of distributing the aid immediately to ease the burden of parents in providing for schooling needs,” he said.
Meanwhile, Maszlee said RM16mil was allocated for Sekolah Agama Rakyat (people's religious schools) and the Sekolah Agama Negeri (state religious schools) managed by the Islamic Development Department of Malaysia (Jakim), as well as private schools registered with the ministry's Private Education Division (BPS).
"The Ministry will distribute the funds directly to the accounts of the schools after obtaining the validity of the number of eligible students from the Jakim and BPS.
"Follow-up action is being taken with the cooperation of Jakim and BPS to immediately channel the allocations which are expected to be given out this month," he added. - Bernama