Published on: Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Kota Kinabalu: Students began to collect their one-off RM100 cash aid from respective schools, Tuesday.
The Early School Special Assistance was made available from 10.30am to SMK Bandaraya students, who came along with their guardians and parents, as the school dedicated the day, especially for the distribution.
"We have 2,600 students eligible for the cash aid and preparations started about a week ago," said Principal, Dr Shirley Tay Siew Hong.
All received the cash, without any deductions. She said due to the amount of cash involved in the distribution - about RM260,000 in total - the school needed to beef up its security.
"We requested for police escorts from the Alam Mesra and the Karamunsing stations, thankfully they responded," said Tay.
She hoped the students would make good use of the aid given to them, such as to buy equipment useful for their studies.
Form Three student Sharif Sharul Nizam from Penampang said he has no plans for the money yet, but may use the money to buy a reference book.
His classmate, Leronisa Liaw, meanwhile said she may use some of the money to pay for her class monitor skirt, which would cost her about RM21.
"The remainder will be used for study reference book and pocket money," she said.
Her best friend, Shelviana Chrisna Manggung also said she would spend RM41 to buy herself the class monitor uniform, while keeping the rest to buy two reference books worth RM15.
State Resource Development and Information Technology Assistant Minister, Datuk Jainab Ahmad, who was present at the distribution, advised students to make good use of the cash aid.
"I hope with this it would keep students in school, buy school equipment and subsequently excel in their education," she said.
This is the second time the Early School Special Assistance has been distributed, after it was introduced in late 2011.
During the Budget 2012 tabling, Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said some five million students from Year One to Form Five are entitled to the aid, which is estimated to cost the government RM500 million. Form 6 students, will receive RM250 book vouchers soon.