Sarawak gets largest slice of Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry fund­ing, says Di­rec­tor-Gen­eral

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KUCHING: The al­lo­ca­tion for Sarawak this year by the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion is the big­gest among all the states in Malaysia.

Sarawak re­ceives RM442 mil­lion out of the RM3 bil­lion al­lo­cated by the min­istry un­der ‘School­ing As­sis­tance’ this year.

Ac­cord­ing to the min­istry’s di­rec­tor-gen­eral Tan Sri Dr Khair Mo­hamad Yu­sof, this school­ing as­sis­tance for Sarawak is di­vided into three cat­e­gories – gen­eral as­sis­tance worth RM89 mil­lion, spe­cial as­sis­tance (RM319 mil­lion) and one-off as­sis­tance (RM34 mil­lion).

“All th­ese three cat­e­gories of as­sis­tance are meant for chil­dren who are at­tend­ing lessons at 1,436 schools in the whole of Sarawak,” he said in launch­ing the min­istry’s ‘Ex­plore Ed­u­ca­tion’ pro­gramme at Plaza Merdeka here yes­ter­day.

Khair pointed out that the as­sis­tance is aimed at en­sur­ing that chil­dren in the state would have ac­cess to qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion like their coun­ter­parts in de­vel­oped coun­tries.

On teach­ers, he said the min­istry is tar­get­ing to have 90 per cent of those teach­ing in Sarawak and Sabah to con­sist of lo­cals.

Ac­cord­ing to him, the process of trans­fer­ring teach­ers be­gan last June and the tar­get should be achieved by this Jan­uary.

For Sarawak, he said 90 per cent of the 43,000 teach­ers would be Sarawakians by early next year.

On the two-day pro­gramme, Khair called upon the com­mu­nity par­tic­u­larly the par­ents to visit the ex­hi­bi­tion on the atrium of Plaza Merdeka to ob­tain the lat­est in­for­ma­tion about the nation’s ed­u­ca­tion pol­icy.

He said the ‘Sarawak Edi­tion’ marked the ninth leg of the na­tion­wide ‘Ex­plore Ed­u­ca­tion’ pro­gramme.

“I hope this pro­gramme would re­ceive good re­sponse from Sarawakians who should take the op­por­tu­nity to get in­for­ma­tion from the right source, in­stead of false in­for­ma­tion cir­cu­lated on so­cial me­dia.”

Khair (front fac­ing cam­era, third right) in­ter­acts with the chil­dren at the launch of the pro­gramme. — Pho­tos by Muham­mad Rais Sanusi

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