Govt to spend RM3 billion more on schools, students

KLUANG: The Education Ministry has
allocated RM3 billion under the
Supplementary Assistance Scheme for
schools and students nationwide this year,
said its minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein.
“We have to announce this substantial
allocation to ward off allegations from the
opposition parties that the ministry is not
doing much for education,” he told
reporters after attending the presentation
of the assistance for schools in the
Sembrong parliamentary constituency at
Felda Hulu Belitong here yesterday.
He said Johor would receive RM57.9
million under the allocation.
Hishammuddin said the substantial
allocation showed the ministry’s
commitment in assisting needy students.
He said the ministry with the assistance
of the elected representatives would be
explaining to the people nationwide on the
education aid extended by the government.
On the allocation for Johor under the
Supplementary Assistance Scheme, he said
RM7.6 million was meant for 17,773
students under the Poor Students Trust
Fund, RM10 million for 19,686 students
under the Tuition Aid Scheme and RM13
million for 37,896 students under the
Supplementary Food Programme.
Hishammuddin said RM1.7 million was
for 36,722 students under the School Milk
Programme and RM25.6 million for 30,839
students who won the federal and university
preparatory bursaries.— Bernama

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