Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department, Datuk Dr Ashraf Wajdi Dasuki, donated to schools in Kelantan cottage. (Pix courtesy by Kelantan Federal Development Department)

KOTA BARU: The Federal Government today presented a RM9.6 million allocation to 46 religious schools in Kelantan to improve their facilities and their development.

Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Dr Ashraf Wajdi Dusuki said the allocation was part of RM50 million announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to all religious schools nationwide recently.

He said the Government aims to strengthen the Islamic education system with the RM50 million allocation this year, up from last year’s RM25 million.

"Religious schools registered under the Kelantan Islamic Religious Council (MAIK), will receive between RM200,000 and RM215,000 each.

It will aid them in improving existing facilities and other needs at their respective schools, especially old schools.

"It has been the Prime Minister's wish to see the religious schools in the country being streamlined, inline with the policy for Tahfiz schools nationwide," he said after presenting the allocations to the 46 representatives of the religious schools.

In the 2017 Budget, the Government had approved a RM50 million allocation for religious schools and another RM30 million to streamline Tahfiz education.

Najib hoped religious education institutions in the country would combine a knowledge of the Al-Quran, science and revelation (wahyu) to create excellent and complete Muslims.

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