Education Ministry: Maintenance fund for Chinese-medium schools reduced

Schools considered as ‘Chinese schools’ in Malaysia share a common history but have different features. — Bernama pic

KUALA LUMPUR, March 13 — The allocation for school maintenance for Chinese-medium schools has been reduced since February 26 last month, the Education Ministry said today.

"For your information, the education ministry has reduced the allocation for maintenance for Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Cina (SJKC) in stages, beginning February 26 2017," Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said in a parliamentary written reply DAP’s Kulai MP Teo Nie Ching today.

Teo had asked the ministry to state the amount allocated for SJKC schools for last year and this year, and how much from the fund has been channeled to the schools.

Mahdzir said that for 2017, the allocation for SJKC schools under the government-sided school category is RM50 million.

However, the sum differed from the amount disclosed by Minister in the Prime Minister's Department, Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong last month.

On February 26, Wee was reported saying the government had allocated RM565 million for SJKC under the Economic Stimulus Package since 2009.

The MCA deputy president was also reported by national news agency Bernama saying there are 1,298 national-type Chinese schools nationwide, 884 government aided-SJKC which have benefited from the financial assistance.

He said that the fund was mainly for the schools' upkeep.