KUCHING: Work to upgrade dilapidated schools in Sarawak must continue under the 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP), said Kota Samarahan MP Rubiah Wang.
“For the record, there are 1,457 schools in Sarawak. Of these, 70 percent or 1,020 schools are categorised as dilapidated; and 415 of them are in a very poor stage and needs full replacement.
“Through the 12MP, I appeal to the government, to continue upgrading 587 poor schools in Sarawak project. This is because the allocation of RM1 billion in the previous year was only able to solve the problem involving 133 schools.
“For the information of this august House, schools that should have been repaired or completely replaced under the 11th Malaysia Plan (11MP) are still not running or have started,” she said in Parliament on Wednesday (Sept 29).
Rubiah said an example of such was the SK Muara Tuang school replacement project which was approved under 11MP but has not been implemented.
She said it was the same situation for SK Murud Palaman in Serian district, SK Moyan Laut in Asajaya district, SK Tanjung Tuang in Samarahan district and six other dilapidated schools in Kota Samarahan.
The MP at the same time requested the Education Ministry to take the issue of basic facilities in schools such as clean, treated water supply and perfect electricity supply seriously.
“This is to ensure that the education of the nation’s children can be implemented with comfortable facilities,” she said.
Rubiah added that schools in the rural areas need to be equipped with facilities to access the internet to enable them to get the latest information and connect with the outside world.
“This is to equip us in facing the challenges of globalisation and the Industrial Revolution 4.0, so that the children are not left behind and be on par with their peers in urban areas.
“Therefore, I hope that the Ministry of Education can create an initiative under the 12th Malaysia Plan to overcome the gaps that exist in schools in Sabah and Sarawak as well as in the less developed states,” she said.