270 schools be­ing built in Sabah and Sarawak

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

THE Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry is cur­rently im­ple­ment­ing 270 pri­mary and sec­ondary school de­vel­op­ment projects in Sabah and Sarawak, the De­wan Rakyat was told yes­ter­day.

Ed­u­ca­tion Deputy Min­is­ter Datuk Chong Sin Woon said 139 of these projects were in Sabah and the rest in Sarawak, and in­cluded con­struct­ing new schools, class­rooms, com­puter lab­o­ra­to­ries, fields, din­ing halls, toi­lets and teach­ers’ quar­ters.

“These projects in­volved an al­lo­ca­tion of RM2.3 bil­lion for the schools in Sabah and RM2.18 bil­lion for Sarawak,” he said when re­ply­ing to a ques­tion from Anyi Ngau (BN-Baram) dur­ing the ques­tio­nand-an­swer ses­sion yes­ter­day.

Anyi wanted to know the amount al­lo­cated by the min­istry to up­grade schools in both the states.

Chong said since 2012, schools and stu­dents in these states were given 25 types of aid.

He said in 2012, it was RM3.44 bil­lion, 2013 - RM3.56 bil­lion, 2014 - RM3.49 bil­lion, 2015 - RM3.73 bil­lion and this year, it was RM2.97 bil­lion.

Mean­while, the Sci­ence, Tech­nol­ogy and In­no­va­tion Min­istry said it will con­tinue to pri­ori­tise re­search on nan­otech­nol­ogy to turn the sec­tor into the na­tion’s new growth en­gine.

Un­der the 11th Malaysia Plan (11MP), nan­otech­nol­ogy re­search will fo­cus on the de­vel­op­ment of ap­pli­ca­tions in the en­ergy sec­tor and en­vi­ron­ment, med­i­cal and health­care, elec­tron­ics and sys­tems and food and agri­cul­ture.

“Apart from R&D on nano prod­ucts that can be com­mer­cialised, the min­istry is also com­mit­ted to re­spon­si­ble de­vel­op­ment of nan­otech­nol­ogy.

“Un­der the pro­vi­sions of 11MP, the min­istry has im­ple­mented the Safety Ma­te­ri­als and Nano Prod­ucts Risk Bench­mark.”

The min­istry said this in a writ­ten re­ply to a ques­tion from Datuk Sham­sul Anuar Nasarah (BN-Leng­gong) who wanted to know the sta­tus of stud­ies and re­search on nan­otech­nol­ogy in Par­lia­ment, here yes­ter­day.

It added the eval­u­a­tion process would in­volve test­ing to de­ter­mine the safety of the prod­ucts to the pub­lic and their im­pact on the en­vi­ron­ment.

The health sec­tor and the de­fence sec­tor are among the sec­tors which will greatly ben­e­fit from re­search and de­vel­op­ment.

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