Kedah allocates RM2 million to 18 public religious schools

EMBUN MAJID




ALOR STAR: The state government has allocated RM2.07 million to 18 ‘Sekolah Agama Rakyat’ (SAR) here in an effort to enhance facilities at public religious schools in Kedah.

Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah said the allocation proves that the Barisan Nasional government is committed to helping public religious schools enhance the learning experience of their students.

“Last year, we allocated RM1.7 million to 11 schools, and this year, we increase it a bit. It is our hope that the allocation will be used to improve facilities at schools that provide Islamic teaching to our children,” he said in his speech when presenting the allocation to the 18 schools at Sekolah Menengah Agama Makarimul Akhlak, Jalan Langgar here, today.

During the event, Bashah also presented a RM30,000 allocation to the school, and 30 Bantuan Rakyat Kedah (Barakah) boxes to selected students.

Meanwhile, Kedah Islamic Religious Department director Datuk Zahari Ismail said allocations to public religious schools have been provided by the state since 2010.

He said based on records, there are 41 Islamic religious schools in Kedah, 18 of which are SARs.