PETALING JAYA: The distribution of the Early School Aid (ESA) programme will start from Jan 17 onwards.
The Education Ministry said this would involve pupils who would be entering Year Two in the coming 2022/2023 school year, up till Form Five students.
"The aid will be distributed to pupils who will be entering Year One in the 2022/2023 academic year after their school registration process is completed.
"Those in Year One until Form Four in the current 2021/2022 academic year who are from households with an income of RM3,000 and less will be eligible to receive the aid," the ministry said in a statement on Friday (Jan 13).
As part of Budget 2022, Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz said a total of RM450mil had been allocated for the ESA programme for a total of three million students, and each student would receive RM150.
"This will benefit some three million students from households with an income of RM3,000 and below.
"It will be given in cash or will be banked into the recipient’s bank account.
"Cash handouts will be done in schools based on the National Security Council’s and Health Ministry’s standard operating procedures," it said.
Budget 2022: RM450mil allocated for early school aid to three million students, who will get RM150 each