Union hopes for smooth implementation of initiatives

Ahmad Malie

KUCHING: The Sarawak Bumiputera Teachers Union (KGBS) hopes that the Budget 2021 initiatives, especially those concerning Sarawak, will be implemented smoothly.

“KGBS is very thankful and glad because the allocation for the education ministry is the largest at RM50.4 billion,” said its president Ahmad Malie.

Among the allocations, he noted, was RM725 million to upgrade buildings and infrastructure for dilapidated schools as well as RM120 million for the development of infrastructure for rural schools in Sarawak and Sabah.

Aside from this, he said there was also an allocation of RM800 million to ensure a conducive learning environment at schools through the maintenance and repair of government schools and government-aided schools.

“We hope that schools in Sarawak will be selected to receive this allocation,” he said.

Ahmad said KGBS welcomed the government’s initiative to improve existing incentives such as the Supplementary Meal Plan for students, the welfare of students of institutions of higher learning, and further strengthening Technical Vocational Education Training (TVET) education.

“With this large allocation provided, we hope that these aforementioned matters can be effectively handled for the benefit of students and teachers at the relevant schools,” he said.