Some RM1.8 million of education aid funds were contributed to nine Chinese private (SUWA) schools in Perak by the state government today (August 18).
According to the Menteri Besar of Perak, Dato’ Saarani Mohamad, the one-off aid is to reduce financial burdens faced by the schools due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“It is out of the RM8.1 million allocated for students of SUWA schools, national schools, vernacular schools and Islamic mission schools as announced during the 2021 Perak Budget tabling in December last year.
“With each school receiving RM200,000, the aid is projected to benefit around 10,000 teachers and students from around the state.
“Hopefully, the funds relieve financial burdens faced by school managements due to the pandemic which has crippled the education system for nearly two years.”
He said during an online media session via Zoom today. Also present was the Executive Councillor for Education, Higher Education and Human Resource, Ahmad Saidi Mohamad Daud.
The schools which received the aid were:
- Shen Jai High School, Ipoh;
- Poi Lam High School, Ipoh;
- Yuk Choy High School, Ipoh;
- Pei Yuan High School, Kampar;
- Hua Lian High School, Taiping;
- Yik Ching High School, Pantai Remis;
- Nan Hwa High School, Ayer Tawar;
- San Min Secondary School, Teluk Intan;
- Tsung Wah Secondary School, Kuala Kangsar.
“This is a continuous commitment in aiding private schools, apart from approval of land tax remittance and arrears at a nominal interest rate of RM10 per lot every year,” Saarani added.