Monday September 24, 2012
Missionary schools get funds
By CHRISTINA TAN
SEGAMAT: The Government had allocated some RM7.56mil to 37 missionary schools in Johor and Malacca for better facilities and to improve the teaching and learning environment.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon handed out the special funds during a presentation ceremony at SMK Canossian Convent recently.
Twenty-one missionary schools from Johor received RM4.7mil while 16 in Malacca received RM2.8mil.
Dr Koh said the special fund was also in recognition of the missionary schools’ contribution towards the national education system.
He said the money was part of the RM100mil allocation in Budget 2012 to 428 missionary schools in the country.
Similar contributions have been made to schools in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Pahang, Negri Sembilan, Penang, Kedah and Perak.
For Sabah and Sarawak, where more than 50% of the country’s missionary are, the funds would be distributed by the relevant state ministers, said Dr Koh.
“The missionary school system has produced many talented and famous people in the country,” he said, citing Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak as being one of them.
The Prime Minister was a former pupil at St John’s Institution, a missionary school in the country.
Malayan Christian Schools Council representative Sister Mary Teh said the fund, channelled directly to the schools’ board of governors, proved the Government intention in strengthening the public-private partnership in education.