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SJKT Azad is first primary school in Penang to adapt cashless canteen culture

GEORGE TOWN – Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Tamil (SJKT) Azad in Jalan Kebun Bungah here is the first primary school in Penang to introduce the digital cashless school canteen in collaboration with Hong Leong Bank Bhd.

SJKT Azad headmistress A. Sri Jeevagowry said that the ultimate goal of diverting into a digital canteen was mainly to educate the younger generation on handling their finances and the students will also be financially literate as well as being able to have the proper knowledge on budgeting.

“As of now, 70 per cent of the students, or 65 out of 82 students, have decided to engage in this programme. We will make every attempt to get the remaining pupils to participate in this programme in two weeks,” she told the reporters at the digital cashless canteen programme launched by Penang Governor Tun Ahmad Fuzi Abdul Razak here today.

Sri Jeevagowry said a total of RM5,000 had been donated for the digital cashless canteen programme.

“When told about this programme, the two donors namely Dr Tan Boon Nunt and Chew Win Joo from the parent-teacher association (PIBG) donated the amount. The amount allocated per student is RM50,” she said.

Meanwhile, regional operation manager of Hong Leong Bank, Wong Han Pin said the students will open a junior account under the supervision of their parents.

“Parents can set a particular amount for the students to spend in a day and we hope to bring this digital cashless canteen culture to more schools in Penang,” he said.

A student from SJKT Azad, J. Navasri said that she was excited to be able to participate in the digital cashless canteen programme.

“At first, my parents were afraid that I might lose the debit card, but later on they thought that it was good for me to be exposed to budgeting as early as 10 years old. I am glad because I no longer have to use notes and coins. It is like moving toward the digital era,” she said. – Bernama / pic TMR File


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