KLANG, 13 Apr: A total of 94 kindergarten children from the Selat Kelang State Legislative Assembly (DUN) received the Tunas Scheme assistance today which was presented by the Education, Higher Education and Human Capital Development Exco, Dr Halimah Ali.
Each of the children received an assistance of RM50 per month starting early this year, bringing the total received by each of them to RM200 per person as of April.
Halimah, who is also the Selat Kelang Assemblyman, said that the initiative is among the early efforts of the State Government aimed at fostering the knowledge culture among the people of Selangor.
“This is also a means by which we help parents who cannot afford to jointly send their children to receive preschool early education, so that there are no dropouts in order to escape poverty.
“Our concept, which is also in the concept of the pursuit of knowledge, is to encourage ‘self-development’ and learning from the cradle to the grave, this is our effort,” explained Halimah.
As of the end of last year, the Tunas Scheme which was launched in July 2012, managed to attract participation from 1,903 children from 217 kindergartens, involving an allocation of RM210,475.
For this year, participation recorded as of the end of March stood at 2,420 children from 406 kindergartens with an allocation of RM430,220.
Earlier, Halimah also officiated the Selat Kelang DUN Outstanding Students’ Award Ceremony held at the Telok Gagong Hall this morning.
A total of 52 students received the Outstanding Student Award for the Malaysian Certificate of Education (SPM), four of whom scored 11As.