The Star: State govt allocates RM26mil for school aid programme

THERE is an 11.6% increase in allocation for the Selangor State School Aid Programme this year.

Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari said the state government had set aside RM26mil, up from RM23.2mil given out last year, which benefitted 600 partially-aided schools statewide. “We will review other types of assistance these schools may need and start distributing the funds after Hari Raya Aidilfitri,” he said in response to a question from Leong Tuck Chee (PH-Pandamaran) at the state assembly sitting.

Amirudin said this was the first round, adding that there would be another round later in the year and a third being mulled.

From last year, applications for the aid must be made via the Sistem Smart Inisiatif Peduli Rakyat.

Amirudin said that for the first time, a total of RM1mil had been set aside by the state for national schools under the programme, which was aimed at helping them with their infrastructure upgrades.

“As national schools come under the Federal Government, their main source of funding should come from there.

“However, because we received many requests, we decided to set aside RM1mil for national schools,” he said.

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