SMK Tebedu to have air-cond hall soon

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TEBEDU: SMK Tebedu, the only sec­ondary school in this district, will soon have an air con­di­tioned hall.

This is made pos­si­ble af­ter Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion, Sci­ence and Tech­no­log­i­cal Re­search Dato Sri Michael Manyin pledged an al­lo­ca­tion of RM100,000 for the pur­pose.

Manyin, who is also Tebedu as­sem­bly­man, said the project would be im­ple­mented un­der the Ru­ral Trans­for­ma­tion Pro­gramme (RTP).

Speak­ing at SMK Tebedu par­ent-teacher as­so­ci­a­tion’s char­ity din­ner on Fri­day, he said qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion is a plat­form for the ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties to en­hance their so­cial and eco­nomic stand­ing.

“Qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion is the key to move for­ward for the ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties, such as the Bi­dayuhs (who form the ma­jor­ity in Tebedu) to ex­cel through ed­u­ca­tion,” he said at the din­ner which was at­tended by more than 500 peo­ple, at the com­mu­nity hall here.

He ex­pressed his wish to see more grad­u­ates com­ing out from Tebedu.

Quot­ing a re­cent study, he said there are more than 800 grad­u­ates with first de­gree in Tebedu, fol­lowed by al­most 80 with Mas­ters de­gree, and seven with doc­tor­ate de­grees.

“In terms of ba­sic in­fra­struc­ture and ameni­ties like road, wa­ter and elec­tric­ity sup­plies, Tebedu has it 100 per cent.

“So there is no ex­cuse for the peo­ple, es­pe­cially those un­der B40 cat­e­gory (house­hold in­come of RM3,000 and be­low), not able to im­prove them­selves,” he said.

Se­rian ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cer Milon Sayeng, Te­meng­gong Hendry Bu­jang Sadok, SMK Tebedu prin­ci­pal Ja­mali Su­nung, PTA chair­man Lau­rence Maya, and Pe­manca Kane Ma­nung were among those present at the din­ner.

Qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion is the key to move for­ward for the ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties, such as the Bi­dayuhs (who form the ma­jor­ity in Tebedu) to ex­cel through ed­u­ca­tion. — Dato Sri Michael Manyin, Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion, Sci­ence and Tech­no­log­i­cal Re­search

Juma’ani (sec­ond right) and Chan wa­ter­ing the seedlings. — Photo by Tammy Chong

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