Penang to give RM3 million for repair of government school buildings

Penang Deputy Chief Minister II P Ramasamy says selected schools will receive RM20,000 or more on a case-by-case basis.

GEORGE TOWN: Beginning next year, the Penang government will allocate RM3 million on an annual basis to help federal government-aided schools with building repairs.

Deputy Chief Minister II P Ramasamy said the funds would benefit some 200 primary and secondary schools in the state in dire need of repairs, with funding expected to reach them by the first half of next year.

At a press conference in Komtar today, the state education committee chairman said selected schools would receive a one-off payment of RM20,000 as part of the funds, with priority given to those in need of critical repairs.

He said a special committee comprising himself and officials from the state government and state education department would meet to decide which schools were deserving of funds.

“We may also give more than RM20,000 for critical cases. These funds will be in the form of an outright grant for repairs.

“This is to help the federal government, which is facing financial constraints,” he said.

The special committee to help government-aided schools, which includes state executive councillor Abdul Halim Hussain and assemblymen Teh Lai Heng and Zulkifli Ibrahim, will meet four times a year.

The Penang government has given RM8.5 million in aid to 131 missionary schools, Chinese schools, and both partially-aided government and independent institutions this year alone.

The state also spent RM36.8 million to help Islamic schools last year.