THE Education Ministry is working on building and relocating a total of 26 Chinese primary schools based on the "10+6+10" formula.
According to a report in Nanyang Siang Pau today, Deputy Education Minister Teo Nie Ching said the Pakatan Harapan government will not only implement the "10+6" (building 10 new Chinese primary schools and relocating six others) formula approved by the previous Barisan Nasional government but also build an additional 10 new schools, thus the "10+6+10" formula.
Disclosing this at the opening of the 24 Seasons Drum competition in Kluang, Johor on Friday evening, Teo said she is now dealing with the building and relocation of not just 16 but 26 Chinese primary schools.
She said, "as far as the Education Ministry is concerned, it is important that there be a balanced development of all types of schools.
"We (the ministry) not only want to complete the '10+6' schools, in fact, I am dealing with 26 Chinese primary schools."
Speaking after an education forum in Kluang today, Teo said the ministry will carry out a study to identify which of the proposed schools will be given priority, and hope to complete part of the infrastructure for the prioritised schools by the end of 2019.
"The Education Ministry has an allocation of RM20 million for these schools. We will determine which of the schools are to be given priority," she said, adding that priority will be given based on the urgent need of these schools in new residential areas, or where the current schools are bursting at the seams.
"We hope to have a good report card to show to the Chinese community and those who are concerned about Chinese education, in the next five years," added Teo.