Chong: Govt schools not allowed to collect funds for utility bills

Chong Sin Woon

PORT KLANG: Government schools are not allowed to collect donations to pay for utility bills or maintenance, said Deputy Education Minister Chong Sin Woon (pic).

He said the ruling is applicable to all public schools which have their maintenance expenses borne by the Government.

“As for the partially funded schools, they are each given a maximum RM5,000 allocation for their utility expenses.

“For some bigger schools, this amount may not be enough.

“In these cases, either the school parent-teacher association (PTA) or the board of governors should pay the remaining amount,” he said when met after visiting the Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) here on Wednesday.

He was responding to a statement on Tuesday by his colleague Datuk P. Kamalanathan, who is also Deputy Education Minister, that school authorities were warned against making parents give donations to foot utility bills.

Vernacular schools are only partially funded by the Government.

Chong also noted that the ministry had empowered state education departments and school authorities to ensure that any collection of funds for any activity must get the approval of the PTA.

“Even the headmaster, school board chairman or PTA chairman cannot issue an approval on his own,” he added.

Source: The Star