RM1 bln not enough to fix dilapidated schools: Director

KUCHING: The thought of allocating RM1 billion is more than enough to fix a total of 1,020 dilapidated schools in Sarawak by the Education Ministry is untrue at best.

Speaking to New Sarawak Tribune after the presentation of Excellent Service Awards held at State Education Department Headquarters at Jalan Diplomatik, Demak Baru here, yesterday, State Education Department director Azhar Ahmad said that the fund allocation did not specifically emphasise education programmes and plans.

“There are 1,020 schools that need immediate attention and of the number 415 schools are in critical conditions. This means that schools in critical conditions should be prioritised,” he said.

Azhar also pointed out that Sarawak’s diversity should not be ignored because it depends on the size of the school and students’ population.

“We at the Sarawak State Education Department are already preparing a list of schools but certain schools have to be given priority,” he said.

He also announced that his department will form a special committee to ensure the school renovation projects are on the right track.

“The committee will consist representatives from the Education Ministry, state government, Sarawak Public Works Department and Sarawak Education Department,” he said.