Assem­bly­man ex­press con­cern over stu­dents' safety from in­tru­sion

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KUCHING: Tan­jong Datu assem­bly­man Datuk Amar Jami­lah Anu yes­ter­day voiced her con­cern over the safety of stu­dents in SMK Se­matan who are ex­posed to the pos­si­bil­ity of in­tru­sion by for­eign work­ers from the nearby farms and plan­ta­tions.

Jami­lah urged the state Ed­u­ca­tion, Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy Re­search Min­istry to give se­ri­ous at­ten­tion to the prob­lem, es­pe­cially in view of the di­lap­i­dated school fence, which had col­lapsed.

“Ur­gent ac­tion is needed be­fore it is too late, par­tic­u­larly as it in­volved the lives of the stu­dents,” she said when de­bat­ing the State Sup­ply Bill at the State Leg­isla­tive As­sem­bly sit­ting here yes­ter­day.

Touch­ing on the is­sue of 415 school cat­e­gorised as crit­i­cally di­lap­i­dated in Sarawak, she said seven out of that to­tal are in her con­stituency, whose class­rooms were not only in need of re­pairs but the teach­ers quar­ters also needed to be re­paired or re­con­structed.

“I hope the Ed­u­ca­tion, Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy Re­search Min­istry can give pri­or­ity to this mat­ter,” she said, adding that these schools also re­quired sci­ence labs and elec­tric rewiring works.

She said SMK Lundu re­quired a new build­ing for special ed­u­ca­tion class to ac­com­mo­date 70 stu­dents who were in dire need of such a fa­cil­ity.

Touch­ing on the state gov­ern­ment's dig­i­tal econ­omy ini­tia­tive, Jami­lah said stu­dents in Sarawak should be equipped with ad­e­quate higher ed­u­ca­tion, train­ing and com­pe­tence so that they could con­trib­ute their ex­per­tise from the tech­ni­cal as­pects in in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment and other re­quire­ments of the dig­i­tal econ­omy.

“We don't want our chil­dren to be mere users in the dig­i­tal econ­omy sys­tem be­cause the foun­da­tion for them to get an ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing in the fields of sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing and math­e­mat­ics (STEM) is lim­ited,” she said.

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