TEBEDU: A lab session will be held this week to discuss matters concerning dilapidated schools across the state, including the costing and actions to be taken.
According to Education, Science and Technological Research Minister Dato Sri Michael Manyin, the lab serves as a platform for them to identify the schools for repair works beginning next year.
Manyin (second row from back, fifth left) joins other guests and teachers in a group photo-call with the children.
He also said this move would be in line with the direction under Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg, who wanted to rescue these dilapidated schools so that Sarawaks education performance could be uplifted.
The Chief Minister has mentioned that a new mechanism through which the re-development of dilapidated schools would be funded by the Development Bank of Sarawak (DBOS), and the federal government would reimburse all costs later on, said Manyin, who is Tebedu assemblyman, at the presentation of school uniform vouchers to deserving students at SMK Tebedu yesterday.
According to recent news reports, 70 per cent of 1,454 schools across Sarawak is categorised as dilapidated and in need of immediate attention from the authorities and of the 1,020 schools concerned, 415 are in critically dilapidated condition.
For the record, Sarawak has 190 secondary schools and 1,264 primary schools.
It was also previously reported that Abang Johari wanted the project on 100 dilapidated schools to kick off next January and be ready by 2020.
On another matter, Manyin said he would propose for the setting up of at least two centralised primary schools in his constituency one here and another at Pangkalan Amo to address the problem of schools having critically low numbers of enrolment.
He also pointed out that these centralised schools play a key role in improving the states overall academic level because schools with low enrolment could not perform well as they lack the basic facilities and moreover, specialised teachers could not be posted there.
All primary and secondary schools in the (Tebedu) constituency will emphasise more on English proficiency programmes, aimed at encouraging both teachers and students to communicate more in the language, he added.
Meanwhile, a total of 155 primary and secondary school children from this constituency are eligible to receive the Yayasan Sarawak school uniform vouchers, worth RM200 each.
These vouchers are valid till November, and they are meant to assist low-income families to purchase new school uniforms for their children.
The presentation yesterday was also witnessed by political secretary to the Chief Minister John David Nyauh, Tebedu District Officer Raymond Achen, Yayasan Sarawak director Azmi Bujang and Serian education officer Yunus Apok.
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