MUKAH: Tellian assemblyman, Yussibnosh Balo hopes that the new buildings of Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Kampung Tellian in Kampung Tellian Tengah here can be used for classes once school sessions resume on Oct 3 nationwide.
“It is understood that the Ministry of Education has the authority to decide on the matter, especially now when the country is still grappling with Covid-19 pandemic.
“It is learnt that the authority has approved the occupation permit for SK Kampung Tellian.
“The school has already moved its properties from its former location at SK Mukah, and the administration staff have also moved in,” he said after handing over minor rural project (MRP) grants to 13 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) totalling RM352,000 at the Tellian constituency Service Centre here yesterday (Sept 14).
He also revealed that SK Kampung Tellian Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) had previously been granted RM5,000 under his constituency MRP to help finance the cost of moving in.
Yussibnosh added another RM15,000 MRP grant was handed over to the school yesterday (Sept 14) to help partly finance the cost of moving which also involved cleaning.
He pointed out that for rural schools including SK Kampung Tellian, face-to-face learning was better than online classes because not all pupils had computers, laptops or smartphones, while internet access was a problem too.
The former Balingian assemblyman added it was also a hassle for parents to collect and return notes or assignments of their children to the school.
SK Kampung Tellian squatted at SK Mukah near the town for over 15 years after it was ordered to move out because its semi-concrete building at Kampung Tellian Tengah here was declared unfit for occupation by the authorities.