SEB, govt bod­ies to as­sist in light­ing up 369 ru­ral schools

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KUCHING: The Sarawak En­ergy, to­gether with Min­istry of Pub­lic Util­i­ties, Pub­lic Works Depart­ment and state Ed­u­ca­tion Depart­ment, will as­sist the 369 ru­ral schools that are cur­rently re­ly­ing on gen­er­a­tor sets for power.

A press state­ment is­sued here yes­ter­day said a to­tal of 245 ru­ral schools would be pri­ori­tised for grid con­nec­tion while the re­main­ing 124 schools would be pro­vided with alternative of­f­grid so­lu­tions such as so­lar or so­lar hy­brid sys­tems due to their re­mote­ness.

Con­nect­ing the schools would be done in phases over the next five years as the task also in­volved up­grad­ing the in­ter­nal wiring for most of the schools to meet the nec­es­sary safety stan­dards for grid con­nec­tion.

”At present, there are 11 schools that are ready for im­me­di­ate con­nec­tion upon com­ple­tion of their in­ter­nal wiring whereas the se­cond and third phase of the elec­tri­fi­ca­tion works in­clud­ing mi­nor grid ex­ten­sion will in­volve 50 and 58 schools re­spec­tively. Th­ese schools will be con­nected by 2018. The bal­ance of 126 schools shall fol­low as they re­quire ex­ten­sive grid ex­ten­sion be­sides re­pairs of the in­ter­nal wiring,” it said.

In ad­di­tion, 12 re­mote schools lo­cated near vil­lages that are al­ready supplied by Sarawak En­ergy’s so­lar hy­brid sys­tem can also be con­nected as soon as their in­ter­nal wiring is up­graded.

My min­istry is co­or­di­nat­ing very closely with all rel­e­vant par­ties to ac­cel­er­ate sup­ply to th­ese schools es­pe­cially through the grid. I am pleased that Sarawak En­ergy is as­sist­ing in this en­deavor to ac­cel­er­ate con­nec­tion of sup­ply.

An­other 19 schools can also be supplied with sim­i­lar so­lar hy­brid sys­tems cur­rently un­der con­struc­tion, and sched­uled for com­ple­tion within two years.

Min­is­ter of Pub­lic Util­i­ties Dato Sri Dr Stephen Rundi said, “My min­istry is co­or­di­nat­ing very closely with all rel­e­vant par­ties to ac­cel­er­ate sup­ply to th­ese schools es­pe­cially through the grid. I am pleased that Sarawak En­ergy is as­sist­ing in this en­deavor to ac­cel­er­ate con­nec­tion of sup­ply.

“Hav­ing proper ameni­ties like elec­tric­ity sup­ply im­proves the stan­dards of schools in ru­ral Sarawak and we are as­sured that our chil­dren no mat­ter where they are can study in com­fort. This is an in­te­gral part of the state’s de­vel­op­ment.”

Mean­while, Sarawak En­ergy group chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Sharbini Suhaili, said, “Sarawak En­ergy will do what is nec­es­sary to con­nect all 369 schools with elec­tric­ity sup­ply. We see it as of ut­most im­por­tance in pro­vid­ing a con­ducive learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment in sup­port of a qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem for Sarawak.”

Dato Sri Dr Stephen Rundi, Min­is­ter of Pub­lic Util­i­ties

Ugak (se­cond left) is seen upon his ar­rival at SK Lubok Mawang. He is flanked by SK Lubok Mawang head­mas­ter Frederick Si­gah (left) and Bukit Mabong District Of­fi­cer Dou­glas Pungga.

Dato Sri Dr Stephen Rundi

Sharbini Suhaili

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