260 schools to be relocated to higher grounds

Manyin speaking to the press at the conference.

KOTA SAMARAHAN: A total of 260 dilapidated schools in the state, which are currently situated in low-lying areas along the rivers, will be moved to higher grounds.

Education, Science and Technological Research Minister Datuk Amar Michael Manyin Jawong said these schools are prone to flooding and it cost a lot to repair the damages after the floods.

He, however, pointed out that it would take time to relocate the schools.

“There is no point to upgrade them because every year, they will be flooded.  

“First, we have to decide on a site. The Land and Survey Department has to approve the site and that will take about one or two years,” he explained.

Manyin was interviewed after attending the Innostre Special Edition 2020: The 1st Global Summit on Viral-Immunology and Antiviral Therapy of Covid-19 conference at Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Kota Samarahan here today.

On the repair of the rest of dilapidated schools in Sarawak, Manyin said the RM300 million final tranche of RM1 billion loan contra payment to the federal government would be made either this month or early next month.

“This will cover 55 schools throughout Sarawak, and under 2021 Federal Budget, I believe we will be able to reduce the number of dilapidated schools.

“Whatever it is, we are happy with the allocation given to us under the 2021 Budget and we thank the federal government for it,” he said.