[lg policy] Lack of funds affecting mission schools badly Nation Friday, 7 Sep 2018 by bavani m. KUALA LUMPUR: The hockey court at La Salle Sentul Kuala Lumpur (both SMK La Salle and SK La Salle) has not been used for some time now. The green surface looks worn out and moss has grown over it. But the school authority has no funds to repair it as they need to raise some RM100,000 to fix a collapsed school wall instead. “I heard the school principal has already seen three contractors but the quotations were high,” said Malaysian Federation of Lasallian Alumni Association president Michael Simon. At SK La Salle Jinjang, the school’s member of the board of managers, David Foo, has been seeking funds to upgrade the school’s ageing facilities. A “Everything is in a state of disrepair; the doors

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at gmail.com
Sat Sep 8 11:33:33 EDT 2018


 Lack of funds affecting mission schools badly
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   - Nation <https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation>
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   Friday, 7 Sep 2018
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   by bavani m. <https://www.thestar.com.my/authors?q=%22Bavani+M%22>


KUALA LUMPUR: The hockey court at La Salle Sentul Kuala Lumpur (both SMK La
Salle and SK La Salle) has not been used for some time now. The green
surface looks worn out and moss has grown over it.

But the school authority has no funds to repair it as they need to raise
some RM100,000 to fix a collapsed school wall instead.

“I heard the school principal has already seen three contractors but the
quotations were high,” said Malaysian Federation of Lasallian Alumni
Association president Michael Simon.

At SK La Salle Jinjang, the school’s member of the board of managers, David
Foo, has been seeking funds to upgrade the school’s ageing facilities.

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“Everything is in a state of disrepair; the doors, the windows, the
toilets,” he said.

“But what’s sad is that the basic facilities – tables and chairs where the
students have to sit on are so old and rickety – has to be put on the back
burner (getting replacements).”

Mission schools across the country are facing the same problem; stuck with
ageing facilities and lack of funds, school authorities are forced to make
the tough decision to utilise whatever funds they have for repairs and
paying utility bills rather than for teaching tools and upgrading sports
facilities.

Michael said it was normal that the upkeep of schools generally received
less attention from the Education Ministry than issues like the language
policy.

“And, this is so despite there being a direct link between the school’s
condition and its ability to educate.

“It is no secret that poor conditions like cramped quarters, hot classrooms
and ageing facilities can affect the learning process,” he noted.

Michael added that it was the reason why mission schools were seeking equal
funding like what government schools were getting.

In a statement on Aug 24, the ministry had said assistance to
government-aided schools was subjected to the availability of funds.


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 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

Phone:  (215) 898-7475
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Email:  haroldfs at gmail.com
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