SIBU: Education plays a very important role in changing the fate of an individual, family, society and the nation as a whole.
Dudong assemblyman Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing said this is why the state government continually implements education initiatives in Sarawak.
“Yayasan Sarawak has since 1971 implemented numerous educational programmes to ensure every child in Sarawak, especially from needy families, continues his or her education up to the highest level.
“Various educational aids have been provided amounting to millions of ringgit every year,” he said at the presentation of Yayasan Sarawak’s school uniform assistance vouchers for his constituency, at SJC Thai Kwang here today (June 27).
“I would also like to take this opportunity to call on parents to make the most of the aid for their schooling children. Do not misuse it.
“Hopefully the assistance of this school uniform will ease the burden of the families involved. Children who receive this help should be more eager to come to school and study hard.”
Meanwhile, acting assistant director of Yayasan Sarawak, Mahathir Mohamad said this year, the foundation has provided 26,175 such vouchers for needy students throughout the state, out of which 2,800 of them would be distributed in Sibu Division.
For Dudong, he disclosed that a total of 649 students comprising 281 pupils from 31 primary schools and 368 students from five secondary schools would receive the aid vouchers.
“Though the voucher is valued at RM200 only, I believe it could reduce the burden of the parents in getting school uniforms for their children, especially those families with many schooling children.”
He pointed out the school uniform aid voucher was one of the initiatives by the Sarawak government that benefits students at primary and secondary school.
After students have completed their Form 5 and wish to further their studies, he said the Sarawak government through Yayasan Sarawak would also provide other assistance such as scholarships and study loan.
Further information can be obtained from Yayasan Sarawak’s official website at www.yayasansarawak.org.my.