KUALA LUMPUR – November 7, 2018: The National Union of Teaching Profession (NUTP) said it has no problem with the government giving money to independent Chinese schools as long as students benefit.
NUTP chairman Kamarozaman Abd Razak said Budget 2019 tabled last Friday should have also asked these schools to reduce fees.
“Now that the government has allocated funds to these schools, they should reduce fees,” said Kamarozaman.
The budget is providing RM652 million to 11 types of schools, including Chinese independent schools.
Chinese independent secondary schools are private schools that are highly reliant on donations and financial support from the Chinese community.
Kamarozaman, however, noted that the RM12 million allocation for the 60 schools may result in some cash balance.
“Similar to any other type of schools in Malaysia, not every school needs the same amount.
“If there is some balance from the RM12 million, it should be channelled to needy schools like those in Sabah or Sarawak,” suggested Kamarozaman.
United Chinese School Committees Association of Malaysia (Dong Zong) president Tan Tai Kim last week reportedly said that it was encouraging that the government had included allocation for Chinese independent schools.
“Dong Zong also hope that the government will give equal treatment to Chinese independent schools by also according tax exemption status for donations for their upgrading and maintenance,” suggests Tan.