MIRI: Yayasan Sarawak (YS) is calling on school and community leaders to be proactive by contacting them if they come across students unable to attend schools especially due to financial problems.
Its director Azmi Bujang said YS offers assistance to help Sarawakian children get the education they deserved as long as they are qualified.
“We do not want to hear incident such as the one highlighted in FB (Facebook) recently about students who cannot continue their study due to financial problem.
“I think the school can contact us rather than go to FB, it was not very pleasant to read. The school should highlight to us and then we could actually assist the student in this case,” he said.
Azmi (second left) looks on as Rosey presents the Yayasan Sarawak Excellence Student Prize to SMK St Columba principal Subah Nyareng and students.
Azmi was referring to the case of an SPM candidate who stopped going to school as her father could not afford it after her mother passed away. She had to prepare and study for her SPM at home. Her father quit his job at an oil platform to work as a mechanic at home so that he can take care of the family including her blind brother.
“Our staff went to the home of the student and arrangement have been made for her to continue her study.
“So please principals and headmasters, if any of you have students who cannot continue their study in one way or another, please do contact us.
“I cannot guarantee that you will get assistance but we can guarantee to look into the problem and see how best to help the student,” he said.
Azmi made these remarks during the Yayasan Sarawak excellence Student Prize presentation ceremony held at Curtin University Malaysia yesterday.
The ceremony was officiated at by Assistant Minister of Women, Family and Childhood Development and Bekenu assemblywoman Rosey Yunus, who was representing Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan.
Also present was Curtin University Malaysia’s pro vice-chancellor, president and chief executive Professor Jim Mienczakowski.
“So please avoid highlighting such matters in the social media. Just contact us. You can also get in touch with us online via Yayasan Sarawak or Sarawak Foundation’s portal,” Azmin added.
He pointed out that all assistance offered by YS, which are mainly for education, can be applied for online.
YS also provides assistance to help qualified Sarawakians going to further their studies at higher learning institutions.
“We have incentive for those going to higher learning institution. All you need to do is show us your offer letter from the university and meet the requirement for household income.
“The assistance is RM1,500 for university outside Sarawak and RM1,000 for university within Sarawak,” he said.
Meanwhile, Azmi presented YS grants to the parent-teacher associations (PTA) of SMK Baru Miri (RM5,000), SMK Dato Permaisuri (RM5,000), SMK Suai, Subis (RM10,000) and SMK Bakong Subis (RM10,000).
The grants are for the various PTAs to carry out educational and academic activities for students.