The Ministry of Rural Development is awaiting the approval of the Ministry of Finance to increase the allowance for kindergarten assistants in Kemas

Rural Development Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid speaks during the convocation at Central Terengganu Development Authority (Ketengah) College at Dewan Sultan Mizan, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu in Kuala Nerus on June 26, 2022. – Bernama pic

Sunday, June 26, 2022 6:14 PM MYT

KUALA NERUS, 26th June – The Ministry of Rural Development (KPLB) is awaiting approval from the Ministry of Finance (MoF) to increase the allowance for kindergarten assistants from the Department of Community Development (Kemas).

Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said the finance ministry is expected to give its opinion on the matter soon.

“The proposal to increase the allowance for kindergarten assistants in Kemas had been brought to the attention of the Public Service Department (PSD) and the Ministry of Finance. We need approval from the Ministry of Finance for funds to flow to us (KPLB). InsyaAllah, we will get it,” he told reporters after presenting scrolls to 648 graduates of Central Terengganu Development Authority (Ketengah) College of Dewan Sultan Mizan, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu here today.

Mahdzir said the proposal to increase the allowance was raised by several parties as the low monthly salary of RM500 does not match the increased workload.

“Initially, their task was only to cook, that’s all. But now they also act as teachers and have a lot of work to do,” he said. Meanwhile, Mahdzir said the proposal document to upgrade Kemas kindergarten teachers from Diploma to Bachelor of Early Childhood Education was presented to PSD for discussion.

He said several issues, including the budget and the appropriate timing to implement the move, need to be considered by the government before the proposal can be approved.

“At the moment it’s still at the discussion stage. We have a discussion group. We have to be aware that this will be implemented on a batch-by-batch basis and will also involve emoluments, so we need to know all the details to prepare a budget requirement,” he said.—Bernama

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