Thursday, February 04, 2010

English boost for 7 schools

By Nusaybah Mohd Asri

KUALA LUMPUR: The Federal Territory Zakat (tithe) Collection Centre-FT Islamic Council (PPZ-MAIWP) has agreed to sponsor RM20,000 worth of Berita Harian and New Straits Times newspapers and Malaysia 50 Years history books to selected schools.

Seven schools that have started receiving copies of the newspapers are Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Perempuan (P) Jalan Ipoh, SMK Puteri Titiwangsa, SMK Sinar Bintang, SMK Raja Ali, Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Cheras, SK Bandar Tun Razak (2) and SK Seri Anggerik.

These schools have been getting 50 copies of Berita Harian and another 50 copies of the New Straits Times every week on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday starting Feb 2.

The 10 schools that received the Malaysia 50 Years history books are SMK (P) Bandaraya, SMK Taman Setiawangsa, SMK Bandar Tun Razak, SMK Taman Maluri, SM Alam Shah Putrajaya, SK Taman Setiawangsa, SK (1) Batu 4 Jalan Ipoh, SK Wangsa Jaya, SK Setapak Indah and SK Jalan Peel.

The books were published by the publication unit of the Information, Communications and Culture Ministry and the Star Publication.

PPZ-MAIWP chairman Datuk Mustafa Abdul Rahman said the sponsorship programme was a token of appreciation for these schools that had succeeded in increasing the amount of tithes through salary deductions of their staff, including teachers and headmasters.

Mustafa also said PPZ-MAIWP would provide financial assistance to the schools to organise "programmes of excellence" and students' personality development activities.

"We will consider giving financial assistance if, needed, as the programmes can help enhance students' achievements in the primary and secondary schools.

"I hope our sponsorship programme can instil awareness among students on the importance of paying tithes as well as being focused in their studies." he said.

Also present was Bangsar-Pudu Education Department deputy director Jamaluddin Abdullah.

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