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Chong: Spend allocations on necessary upgrades and renovations

JOHOR BARU: Chinese vernacular schools should spend the allocation they receive from the government only on the necessary upgrades and renovations and not luxury items, said Deputy Education Minister Datuk Chong Sin Woon.
Chong said during his visits to some schools, he had noticed that they chose to upgrade their school hall or auditorium although their toilets and desks were in poor condition.
“I have noticed a small number of schools doing this - spending on luxurious items for their hall and auditorium, making these look lavish and neglecting the pupils’ desks and chairs which are used for daily classes.
“This is why there are certain cases of conflict between the Parent-Teacher Association and the school board of directors. It’s because they feel that the funds were not used in the right place,” he told reporters in SJKC Chien Chi yesterday. 
The funds were from the federal government of RM6.9mil and state government worth RM2mil.
Some schools, Chong pointed out, even chose to keep the funds in the bank rather than use these to upgrade the facilities.
He said the allocation given for each financial year should be used within the year so that a spending report could be submitted to the Education Ministry.
The ministry, he said, was also subjected to financial audit and hoped that the schools could improve their management of the funds and use these according to their applications.
He said under last year’s budget allocation to Chinese schools, 95% of the schools nationwide had already submitted their spending reports to the ministry.
Dr Wee said he hoped that Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin would consider increasing the allocation for Chinese schools in the coming state budget.
“Speaking to the Mentri Besar in an event earlier, he told me that SJKCs make the Malaysian education system more complete and I think this is his way of recognising the role of Chinese vernacular schools in our multi-racial country,” said Dr Wee. 
He also thanked the ministry for giving Johor five new SJKCs - all named after the country’s Chinese leaders - and relocating two in order to cater to the rising demand for Chinese education.
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