Education Ministry: Govt school service providers hit by MCO to be paid in full or contracts extended

PETALING JAYA: Service providers at government schools affected by the movement control order will be paid in full or have their contracts extended, says the Education Ministry.

The Ministry said it understood the difficulties faced by service providers, particularly contractors involving building and area cleanliness and the supply of cooked food at institutions that have been affected by being closed due to the MCO.

“For cleaning and maintenance services, payment to the contractor will be made in full as specified in the contract. Therefore, there should not be any issues arising of contractors needing to cut the salaries of employees.

“As for food services, the ministry will extend the contract of services to the contractor involved, which will take into account the period in which its services have been affected as a result of the implementation of the MCO,” it said in a statement Sunday (July 4).

The Ministry said it will also grant an exemption for rental of the canteen and premises or space for a period of six months, from July to December 2021.

A contract extension will also be given for those renting canteens and premises/space at learning institutions including bookstores, cooperatives, laundry shops and vending machines for a period of one year upon expiry of the original contract.

“The Ministry is confident that this initiative can help ease the financial burden of service providers at institutions under the Ministry, as well as its employees affected by the Covid-19 pandemic,” it said.

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