Malaysia/ February 13, 2018/By Awaina Arbee/Source: https://www.nst.com.my
The Education Ministry has allocated a total of RM2.9 billion to aid more than 5.2 million students for this year.
Education Director-General Datuk Dr Amin Senin said the ministry had always prioritised students’ needs, and that was why the allocation for education aid goes up every year.
“People should understand that the ministry spends about RM8,000 yearly on a student by providing numerous aid to help them during their schooling sessions.
“Sometimes, the public do not know these things. The purpose of the Education Tour (Jelajah Pendidikan) is to explain to the people that there are no compromises when it comes to education,” he said.
Amin said the government, through the ministry has always been consistent in helping students in school.
“In fact, for this year, more than 5.2 million students benefitted from an allocation of RM2.9 billion in Selangor. We have allocated RM221.4 million involving three categories; General Aid RM133.5 million; Special Aid RM45.7 million, and One Off aid RM42.3 million.
“To compare, education expenses in Malaysia is twice the amount of education expenses in other Asean countries,” told reporters after officiating the tour at the Hulu Langat Education District office today.
Amin said the tour was a form of interaction between the ministry and the public.
“With the National Blue Ocean Strategy as its theme, the programme is aimed at providing explanations about the services and opportunities in the education system in the country.
“This programme showcases the ministry’s efforts in developing students to meet global challenges, where we have provided them with holistic assessments, quality teachers and administrators and also an access to various 21-century education routes,” he said.
More than 6,000 visitors attended the Education Tour at the Hulu Langat Education District office from Feb 10-11.
The tour will continue at five other locations which include Langkawi, Kedah from Feb 22-24; Pasir Puteh, Kelantan (March 8-10); Parit Buntar, Perak (March 30 – April 1); Temerloh, Pahang (April 13-15) and Tawau, Sabah (April 20-22).
Among the schools that participated in the Education Tour here from Feb 10-11 were SK Jalan Empat; SK Saujana Impian; SK Sungai Kantan; SK Bandar Teknologi Kajang; SMK Jalan Empat; SMK Tinggi Kajang; SMK Bandar Baru Sungai Long; SMK Jalan Bukit and SK Jalan Semenyih.