The state government has been urged to supplement the federal government’s RM100-cash aid for students in the new school year to help their families cope with increasing prices of school items.
PKR Women national vice-president Voon Shiak Ni said last year, the government had given RM100 to each student under the 1Malaysia Early Schooling Special Aid (BKAP1M), which was channelled to the state Education Department for distribution to the students.
“The students are supposed to get the RM100-aid from their school. We would like to know if the state government can supplement the cash aid this year to assist families to get their children ready for the new school year in a week’s time,” she said in a press statement yesterday.
Voon said the depreciating ringgit, coupled with the soaring prices of school items such as bags, books and stationery, would definitely cause financial burden on every family.
She said families with more than two children, especially those from the lower income group, would be the ones hardest hit by the increasing prices of school items.
Voon said it would easily cost between RM120 and RM150 for parents to buy a simple school bag, school uniform, shoes and socks, not to mention school books, exercise books and stationery.
“A box of colour pencils easily costs more than RM10 and a simple school bag about RM30.
“A parent told me that a simple school bag might not be big enough to keep all the bulky and heavy books,” she said.
Source : @ The Borneo Post Online