KUCHING: The state government this year has approved a total of RM4 million to Yayasan Sarawak to distribute vouchers to needy students for the purchase of school uniforms.
Each voucher amount has been increased to RM200 from RM100 previously.
Azmi (fourth right) with the students at India Street yesterday.
According to Yayasan Sarawak director Azmi Bujang, the allocation will cover up to 20,000 students across the state, especially those registered under E-Kasih or have been identified as eligible to receive assistance.
Yayasan Sarawak has been doing this annually since 2000, and we collaborate with constituency service centres, Residents and District Offices, Education Department and related government agencies to identify eligible students to receive the assistance, said Azmi.
He was speaking to The Borneo Post after accompanying 51 students from Yayasan Kemajuan Insan (Yakin) to purchase school uniforms at India Street here on Tuesday.
Azmi added that the voucher can be used anywhere throughout Sarawak with over 50 outlets participating in the programme.
We do hope that our focus groups, which are Primary 1 and Form 1 students, would benefit from this, especially those in need.
The most important thing is we distribute these vouchers as early as possible.
We have listed Nov 30 as the final date to use it, he said.
Azmi added that the introduction of the voucher system this year from the previous tender system was part of Yayasan Sarawaks initiative to improve its delivery system.
To date, more than 17,000 vouchers have been distributed to students across the state.
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