KOTA BHARU, Nov 7 – The Kelantan government believes that the RM50 million allocation for tahfiz schools as stated in the 2019 Budget is nowhere near enough.
Deputy Kelantan Menteri Besar Datuk Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah said, while the figure may seem substantial, there is a large number of tahfiz and religious schools nationwide.
“RM50 million may seem like a large amount. However, with the large number of tahfiz and religious schools in the country, each school will only receive a small amount from its share.
“The government should not provide a blanket allocation of RM50 million for tahfiz, Chinese schools and Tamil schools.
“They should instead take into account the individual needs as well as the number of schools. Many tahfiz and religious schools face various drawbacks in terms of facilities and infrastructure,” he said.
Mohd Amar was speaking at a press conference after attending the state exco meeting at the state government headquarters on Wednesday.
The 2019 Budget, tabled last Friday, saw the government allocating RM652 million for schools, compared to RM615 million for 2018.
The allocation covers national schools (RM250 million); Chinese schools (RM50 million); Tamil schools (RM50 million); boarding schools (RM50 million); Maktab Rendah Sains Mara (RM50 million); government aided religious schools (RM50 million); tahfiz schools (RM50 million); registered ‘pondok’ schools (RM25 million); ‘mubaligh’ schools (RM50 million); national-type schools (RM15 million) and Chinese independent secondary schools (RM12 million).