Education minister explains formula for school maintenance budget

Senior Minister Radzi Jidin speaks during a presentation of the allocation for the Education Ministry under Budget 2021 in Kuala Lumpur November 24,2020. — Picture by Ahmad Zamzahuri
Senior Minister Radzi Jidin speaks during a presentation of the allocation for the Education Ministry under Budget 2021 in Kuala Lumpur November 24,2020. — Picture by Ahmad Zamzahuri

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 24 — The Education Ministry has allocated RM800 million from its RM50.36 billion allocation in Budget 2021 to maintain national as well as government-aided schools and institutions, said Senior Education Minister Radzi Jidin.

He said RM620 million from the maintenance fund would be specifically for schools, which would be distributed using a new formula that averaged the sum out among these.

“Two key factors are taken into account when coming up with this new formula.

Senior Minister Radzi Jidin speaks during a presentation of the allocation for the Education Ministry under Budget 2021 in Kuala Lumpur November 24,2020. — Picture by Ahmad Zamzahuri
Senior Minister Radzi Jidin speaks during a presentation of the allocation for the Education Ministry under Budget 2021 in Kuala Lumpur November 24,2020. — Picture by Ahmad Zamzahuri

The first is the total number of schools, and the second is if the schools are government schools or government aided schools — with each type of school having their own ceiling,” he said.

Under the formula, national primary, secondary and boarding schools would get R477.48 million while their government-aided counterparts would receive RM1.2 million.

Chinese vernacular schools get RM74.07 million while Tamil vernacular schools will get RM29.98 million.

Missionary schools will receive RM20.9 million and government-aided Islamic schools will receive RM12.23 million.  

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