Govt hands out RM50 mil to upgrade tahfiz schools

The 815 registered tahfiz schools in the country can start applying for the funds from next month. (Bernama pic)

PUTRAJAYA: The government today unveiled an allocation of RM50 million to be used by 815 registered tahfiz schools to upgrade and maintain their buildings.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Mujahid Yusof Rawa said the tahfiz schools can start applying for the allocation from next month.

The fund was announced during the tabling of the 2019 Budget last November.

Mujahid received a mock cheque for RM50 million from Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng at a ceremony, which was also attended by Education Minister Maszlee Malik.

He said the allocation would be channelled to all registered tahfiz schools which were not owned by any political party.

“I also encourage the other 400 or more tahfiz schools which are not registered to do so with their respective state governments so that they can benefit from the allocation,” he said.

Lim said the government was committed to providing aid to all types of schools to ensure the wellbeing of their students.

He said the government had been providing allocations not only to Chinese schools but also to national schools, pondok schools, tahfiz schools and full-boarding schools.

Therefore, he said, the perception that only certain schools received government allocations was not true.