Our children will suffer if Budget 2021 is not approved – Radzi

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Senior Minister of Education, Dr. Radzi Jidin speaks during a news conference on the Budget for School Maintenance under Budget 2021. PIX: HAZROL ZAINAL / MalaysiaGazette / 24 NOVEMBER 2020.
Senior Minister of Education, Dr. Radzi Jidin speaks during a news conference on the Budget for School Maintenance under Budget 2021. PIX: HAZROL ZAINAL / MalaysiaGazette / 24 NOVEMBER 2020.

By Mohd Zaini Samsu Hadi

KUALA LUMPUR – The detailed plan to strengthen the national education system by the Ministry of Education (MOE) would be affected if Budget 2021 is not approved.

Senior Minister of Education, Dr. Radzi Jidin said that the ministry had allocated RM800 million for the maintenance of schools in the budget to ensure that all students would be able to study in a comfortable environment when the school reopens next year.

He said, the MOE has seen the difficulties suffered by the schools during the Covid-19 season when classrooms could not be used due to years of leaking as there was no maintenance.

“In the past, a class could fit 40 students but during the Covid-19, the students had to be separated into two groups for physical distancing.

“The issues arise here where they could not use the facility as they were not properly maintained. The cost of maintenance also increased after the facilities were not maintained for years,” he said during the Budget 2021 media briefing today.

“It is sad to answer the question of what would happen if the budget is not approved because our children would be affected. Thus, let us pray together so that it would be approved.

“We want our children to study in a comfortable environment when the school reopens. We don’t know if Covid-19 is still around next January,” he added.

When asked about the plan for schools to reopen in green zones, Radzi said that the MOE is studying on the matter.

However, he said that the measure could be difficult as there were infections in the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) areas.

“If the Covid can recognise zones and colours, it would be easy for us. If the Covid sees that it is a green zone and it does not enter, it’s going to be a lot easier for us. But we do not know,” he said. –MalaysiaGazette

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