The Sun (Malaysia)

Claims over Chinese school allocation not true

- BY HAIKAL JALIL newsdesk@thesundail­

KUALA LUMPUR: Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid dismissed claims that the allocation provided under Budget 2015 has not reached primary and secondary Chinese schools.

“Some of the allocation have reached the schools, but we still have to check the details. However, to say that the allocation has not reached (the schools), I think that is wrong. We are only unsure on the amount,” he told a press conference after visiting Sekolah Bimbingan Jalinan Kasih here.

China Press, quoting a Financy Ministry source, reported that all allocation under Budget 2015 has been fully disbursed to the respective ministries.

On why national-type Chinese primary schools and national-type Chinese secondary schools have not received their funds as reported, the source said the problem lies in the Education Ministry as the Finance Ministry had done its part.

Mahdzir said the government in Budget 2015 has allocated a sum of money to various types of education institutio­ns, including the Chinese schools.

Mahdzir also said the government needed to look into several matters before it can decide to expand the initiative of providing teaching assistants to reduce teachers’ workload nationwide.

They needed to look at the total amount to be paid in salary to the teaching assistants. He added there has to be coordinati­on among the education and finance ministries, and Public Service Department before they could proceed to expand the initiative to other states.

The initiative is currently being implemente­d by the ministry through pilot projects in Malacca and Kedah.

Under the initiative, teaching assistants, comprising administra­tive assistant (administra­tion/operation) Grade N17 and computer technician Grade FT17, are placed in schools to lessen the administra­tive and operation work load.

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