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Manyin urges PH govt to implement approved school projects
Posted on : 12 Oct 2018  Source of News: The Borneo Post

Manyin urges PH govt to implement approved school projects

October 12, 2018, Friday

KUCHING: The Pakatan Harapan federal government is urged to implement the new school projects approved for Sarawak by the Barisan Nasional government.

Minister of Education, Science and Technological Research Dato Sri Michael Manyin, said ‘a number of schools’ were supposed to be built in Sarawak, but had not taken off so far.

He thus asked the status of such projects now – whether they would continue or being scraped off by the current federal government.

He said the school projects included SMK Serian No 2 and SK Sri Sadong, both in Serian.

“A number of schools are supposed to be built but because of the change of government, I don’t know where they are now (as far as status is concerned). Are they scrapped or not?

“For example, SK Sri Sadong which was supposed to be tendered by July this year, there’s no news about it. The other one is SMK Serian No 2 to overcome the overcrowding at SMK Serian. Still, no news about it.

“There is also a school in Bintulu which is overcrowded with almost 4,000 students, and a new school is needed,” he said when met recently.

On a related matter, he questioned whether the PH federal government would approve the proposed 21 centralised schools in Sarawak.

He said those centralised schools, complete with boarding facilities and laboratories, were proposed to merge schools with low enrolment (SKM schools).

“We had a lab with elected representatives last year, and they agreed to have these centralised schools.

“With such schools, we will have enough number of students and enough number of teachers, especially those specialising in teaching specific subjects. With this, we believe our academic performance will improve.

“But, since the change of government, there has not been any news about it (when we can start building the 21 centralised schools),” he said.

The centralised schools, through merger of SKMs, were initiated by Manyin not long after he was appointed as the first minister in charge of education in Sarawak in May last year. Many schools, particularly those in rural and interior areas, are found to have very few students, which affect their academic performance.

Credit to : The Borneo Post