SHAH ALAM, 30 Mar: The People’s Religious Schools (SAR) throughout Selangor received RM32.5 million since the Selangor Pakatan Rakyat Government began administering the state five years ago.
In fact, according to SAR teachers, the assistance which was used to cover the salaries of teachers and to build new classrooms will hopefully continue.
A teacher from Sekolah Pondok Bastanul Arifin, Ahmad Ansory Munshia, 46, hopes that this assistance will not end this year seeing that the State Government’s five-year term will be over soon.
“Alhamdulillah, but I am afraid that this assistance will end this year.
“Because as SAR teachers, we have been ignored by the previous government and the PR State Government came to our aid,” he said when met after receiving the cheque for the assistance from the State Government.
Ahmad Ansori was met after the Phase 1 of the Assistance Giving for SARs in the State of Selangor Year 2013 Ceremony at the Silver Jubilee Hall at the State Secretariat Building here last night.
Chief Minister, Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim said that the State Government has allocated RM6 million for SAR development each year.
“I assure you that the Selangor Pakatan Rakyat (PR) Government will never marginalise SAR.
“In fact, we want schools that prioritise Islamic religious teachings to continue to be assisted to meet the increasingly apparent shortcomings in religious education available in fully government-aided schools,” he said.
Also present was the Education, Higher Education and Human Capital Development Exco, Dr Halimah Ali and was attended by about 300 SAR teachers from across Selangor.
To date, a total of 200 SAR schools, including Fardhu Ain (Kafa) Schools, have benefited from the State Government assistance.