Dr Sim (second left) presents a cheque to Association of the Boards of Management of Aided Chinese Primary Schools in Kuching, Samarahan and Serian Division president Jonathan.

KUCHING: A task force overseeing Chinese schools in Sarawak has identified various schools which will need to be rebuilt in five years’ time.

Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian, who heads the committee, said there were 222 Chinese schools in the state and that the task force had evaluated the needs of the schools.

“We have looked at 222 schools in five years, which schools need to be rebuilt in five years, we estimated that it would require RM40mil to rebuild the schools,” he told reporters during his visit to the newly completed SJKC Chung Hua Bako on Friday (July 3).

Dr Sim said, while the federal government provided funding in terms of repair and maintenance, there was no funding given for rebuilding dilapidated classrooms.

“The chief minister said he had good news that he would announce soon on the additional funding for Chinese primary schools,” he said.

He said a coordinated and systematic funding was needed to rebuild the schools as before this, only schools with connections to the government were able to get funded for their rebuilding projects.

“We want to be like Unifor (Unit for Other Religions), where independent schools are funded for rebuilding annually,” he said.

Dr Sim said while the Education Ministry would fund the schools in terms of its operations, maintenance and repairs, the task of rebuilding the school fell squarely on the school’s board.