Monday, August 3, 2009

SJKC schools must spend $$$ under second stimulus package : Puad

3rd August, 2009

PARIT BUNTAR: Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Cina (SJKC) schools that received allocations from the Education Ministry under the second stimulus package must spend them and not keep it as a saving said deputy Education minister Datuk Dr Puad Zarkashi.

Puad said since SJKC schools received the allocation for upgrading works in their respective schools, they should use it for the purpose and not just keep the money.

He said the ministry had received numerous requests from SJKC schools and that the ministry would look into such requests carefully. “By year end, I believe about RM90 million will be allocated to SJKC schools listed to receive aid,” he told reporters after handing out RM40,000 to SJKC Wai Sin, Simpang Lima here yesterday.

The ministry too does not have any objection if schools that received the allocation, decide to put up new buildings.

“If schools that received a specific amount, want to build a new building, it is okay, provided they can source for the remainder of the funds needed to put up such buildings. What is important is that they use the allocation,” he said.

Meanwhile, Puad added that the ministry was facing a slight problem in disbursing the RM100 million allocated under the second stimulus package for religious schools due to delays and failure of some state governments in registering such schools with the education ministry.

“Some states, especially Pahang and Johor, have yet to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and that has caused a delay in providing the allocation to them,” he said.

Through the signing of an MoU, the government does not intend to take over religious schools in the respective states, but rather the MoU is to ensure proper management of such schools, he said.

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