Wednesday, November 09, 2011

RM100 school aid to be paid out by end of month
By KAREN CHAPMAN
educate@thestar.com.my

PETALING JAYA: The RM100 school assistance is to be paid out by the end of the month.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin who is also Education Minister, is expected to make a major announcement today on how the payments will be made.

It is believed the payments will be given out in two batches – one for pupils from Year Two to Five and another for students from Form Two to Four.

Those who will be starting Year One and Form One next year will only receive the assistance then.

It is understood that the payments need to be made soon as the last day of school is next Friday.

The Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia is scheduled to start on Monday and some schools are expected to break early to prepare for the exam.

According to guidelines from the Education Ministry and available on the Selangor Education Department website, the money will be deposited into schools’ Bank Simpanan Nasional accounts while a special account will be opened for schools which do not have one.

It advises school heads who are withdrawing up to RM10,000 to be escorted by two other teachers and to be accompanied by a police escort if they are withdrawing more than RM10,000.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced the allocation when he tabled Budget 2012 on Oct 7. He said it was given to help ease the burden of parents.

It is understood that schools will be asked to disburse the cash directly to their students.

It is believed that the money has already been deposited in the accounts of some schools.

School heads in Negri Sembilan were briefed on the matter on Tuesday and informed that the money would be deposited in the schools’ accounts.

They were also asked to disburse the money to students before the last day of school.

Muhyiddin, who is also Education Minister, said last month that the RM100 assistance for 5.3 million students nationwide would be distributed in December.

He had said that although the Budget would only be implemented in January, the monetary aid would be handed out in December in time for the new school term.

In addition, vouchers worth RM200 for purchasing books would also be given to students in tertiary education.

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