Posted on June 28, 2011, Tuesday
KUCHING: A total of RM1.1 billion has been allocated by the government for school projects.
These projects include building seven new schools, replacing and adding new buildings in 50 schools, a new hostel, replacing 18 existing schools, 175 preschools and 123 units of teachers’ quarters in 10 schools.
In her winding-up speech at the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) yesterday, Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department Datin Fatimah Abdullah said this effort by the Ministry of Education was to ensure that students and teachers have a comfortable learning environment conducive to studying and teaching.
“The government has also repaired hostels in the rural areas under the ‘Program Asrama Daif 2010’ that involved 45 primary schools and 70 secondary schools,” she said.
For this purpose, she said the government had spent a total of RM4.4 million.
She also disclosed that the BN government had given a special allocation of RM51.2 million for all schools in Sarawak.
“RM28 million are for national schools and RM23.2 million for mission and Chinese schools,” she added.
She also informed the assembly that consultants were currently studying the working paper for the new hostel for SMK Belaga before handing it over to the Ministry of Education.
For SMK Senibong, Fatimah said the government was preparing the tender documents to build the school and the school would be completed in 2013.
As for SMK Limbang and SK Gadong Limbang, she said they would be considered under the second rolling of the 10th Malaysia Plan (10MP), adding the government was now upgrading SK Limbang, SK Menuang and SK Sungai Poyan to ease congestion of schools in Bukit Kota and Batu Danau constituencies.
She revealed that the state Education Department had proposed to the government to consider building a secondary school at Sabal/Telagus in the Balai Ringin constituency under the second rolling of 10MP to cater for the growing student population in Pantu district.
Fatimah also informed Dennis Ngau (BN-Telang Usan) that his request to open Form Six classes in SMK long Lama next year had been forwarded to the Ministry of Education.