KGBS wel­comes pro­posed fi­nan­cial pack­age for di­lap­i­dated schools

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KUCHING: Sarawak Bu­mi­put­era Teach­ers’ Union (KGBS) wel­comes the fi­nan­cial pack­age pro­posal an­nounced by Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Ah­mad Zahid Hamid to speed up the re­con­struc­tion and up­grad­ing of di­lap­i­dated schools in Sarawak.

Its pres­i­dent Ah­mad Malie, said that the prob­lem of di­lap­i­dated schools in Sarawak has many times been raised at the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion (MOE) level but the ac­tion to over­come the prob­lem has been quite slow.

As such, he be­lieved a fi­nan­cial pack­age to be submitted by the fed­eral gov­ern­ment and the state gov­ern­ment is the best way to solve the prob­lem but he stressed that such pro­posal and move must come with a time­line.

“The prob­lems af­fect­ing Sarawak schools have been go­ing on for so long, and the ac­tion so far (from the author­i­ties) have been slow even though spe­cial al­lo­ca­tion to im­prove the di­lap­i­dated schools has been ap­proved dur­ing the tabling of the (fed­eral) bud­get.

“Hence, KGBS urges the author­i­ties to make sure that ap­pro­pri­ate steps and ac­tions are taken, so that the an­nounce­ments and pledges can be re­alised,” he said yes­ter­day.

He sug­gested for a time­line to be given on any prom­ises and an­nounce­ment so that th­ese can be re­ally im­ple­mented and achieve their ob­jec­tives.

“Oth­er­wise, the prom­ises and an­nounce­ment stay as prom­ises and an­nounce­ments, and the peo­ple would be left wait­ing. It is time for ev­ery prom­ises and an­nounce­ments with re­gards to di­lap­i­dated schools to be re­alised as soon as pos­si­ble for the ben­e­fit and wel­fare of all par­ties es­pe­cially our young gen­er­a­tion,” he said.

Zahid, when vis­it­ing Sibu on Thurs­day, said the fed­eral gov­ern­ment would con­tinue to put the re­build­ing of di­lap­i­dated schools in Sarawak on its ma­jor agenda for the coun­try.

He had said one of the ap­proaches is for the fed­eral gov­ern­ment and the state gov­ern­ment to sub­mit a fi­nan­cial pack­age pro­posal for speed­ing up the re­con­struc­tion and up­grad­ing of the schools.

The pro­posal would be submitted to the eco­nomic coun­cil which will hold a meet­ing early Oc­to­ber to be chaired by Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Tun Razak.

“The state gov­ern­ment and the ed­u­ca­tion min­istry will sub­mit their pro­posal on how to up­grade the di­lap­i­dated schools,” he was quoted as say­ing.

Zahid noted that Sarawak has 1,454 schools out of which 1,020 are in di­lap­i­dated con­di­tions – 415 in cat­e­gory DS3, 210 in cat­e­gory DS2 and 395 in cat­e­gory DS1.

Schools in cat­e­gory DS3 are those with 75 per cent of their struc­tures need­ing re­pair and over 50 years old and schools cat­e­gorised in DS2 are those that have the ca­pa­bil­ity as a learn­ing cen­tre of less than 50 per cent and are around 40 years old while those clas­si­fied as DS1 are schools that have a func­tion­ing level of 75 per cent.

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