KOTA SAMARAHAN: The Sarawak government will introduce nursery and kindergarten fee subsidy for the B40 group in the state, said Women, Early Childhood and Community Wellbeing Development Minister Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah.
Fatimah emphasised the significance of the matter in order to support parents who entrusted their children to childcare facilities, particularly private nurseries.
She said that her ministry had made such an effort to assist and lessen the burden, particularly for the B40 group.
“As a matter of fact, Sarawak Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg agreed to allocate RM2.5 million to implement the effort.
“We will refine the eligibility requirements or conditions for obtaining this support so that parents can send their children to private nurseries,” she stated.
She said this to reporters when met after a visit to the nursery at Sedidik Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) today (Dec 4).
The Sarawak government has agreed to approve an allocation of RM2.5 million for the purpose of subsidising nursery and kindergarten fees in the state.
Abang Johari had said the initiative would enable less finanacially able parents to send their children to get early education.
In this regard, Fatimah stated that implementation was critical for urban areas because the majority of nurseries were being operated by the private sector.
“So, apart from the criteria, what we are refining is the quantum – the amount that the government can offer through this subsidy and the rest is paid by the parents themselves,” she said.
When asked when it will be implemented, Fatimah stated that she anticipated it would be this year.