PETALING JAYA: More money is good, but attention must be given to how it is disbursed.
Melaka Action Group for Parents in Education (Magpie) chairman Mak Chee Kin said giving education the highest allocation was a resounding sign that the government wanted to improve the system.
“As a parent, I’m happy because the budget allocation is fair in that it recognises all schools.
“There’s no discrimination for independent, vernacular, tahfiz, religious and mission schools, ” he said, adding that Magpie’s main concern was whether the money allocated would be used as intended.
He said a huge budget for education would only benefit schools if it reached them in time.
“We hope that the money doesn’t end up stuck somewhere because of red tape. For example, it’s great that dilapidated schools will get more funds, but how long will they have to wait?
“In urgent cases, schools in dire need of funds should be given immediate attention so that repairs can be carried out fast, ” he said.
He also urged the Education Ministry to use the extra funds to enhance teaching and learning programmes in schools.
“This year, Dual Language Programme teachers weren’t sent for any additional training.
“Now with additional funds, the ministry should look into sending more teachers for training next year, ” he said, adding that subject teachers were worried as many new things would introduced in the curriculum next year.