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Schools Urged Against Holding Special Assistance Payment - PIBGN President

Last update: 14/01/2015
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 14 (Bernama) -- The National Parent-Teacher Association Collaborative Council (PIBGN) has appealed to schools against withdrawing the RM100 special assistance provided by the Ministry of Education.

PIBGN president Associate Prof Datuk Mohamad Ali Hasan said schools had previously withdrawn this assistance giving reasons that the money was needed for payment of PTA fees and other costs incurred by the school.

"The money can ease the burden of parents especially those affected by the recent floods. Some of the students have no uniforms to wear as they were damaged or washed away," he told Bernama here today.

He was commenting on a statement made by Negeri Sembilan Menteri Besar, Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan requesting schools in the state to not hold payment of the RM100 special aid provided by the ministry.

Earlier on the ministry had received reports of several schools in the country not handing over the money to students.

Mohamad Ali said schools should be flexible on this matter in the wake of rising cost of living and financial problems faced by families who had been affected by the floods with some left homeless.

In addition, PIBGN hoped that the ministry would waive PTA fees for all schools affected by the floods to ease the parents' financial burden, he said.

"Government-linked companies (GLCs) are also urged to provide financial help or volunteer their services to help in school restoration works and purchase school equipment which have been damaged in the floods," he said.

Meanwhile, National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP) President, Hashim Adnan said parents should also cooperate with schools to ensure their children take care of the textbooks provided by the ministry.

I have received complaints from several schools that they faced financial difficulties because the textbooks loaned were either lost or defaced and as a result the schools had to use the special assistance fund to replace the textbooks," he said.

"On the PTA fees, the matter can be negotiated between parents and the school management as the fees should be maintained but the rate can be adjusted according to current requirements," he said.

Proceeds from PTA fees would be used by schools for various activities, among which is inviting speakers to motivate and give tips to students in making preparation for their examinations, he said.