RM125.8mil for 553 projects to repair, renovate and upgrade schools

Tuesday July 3, 2012
http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/7/3/sarawak/11591248&sec=sarawak

By DIANA ROSE
drose@thestar.com.my

MIRI: Sarawak received the largest allocation under the Education Special Planning Package (PRK) amounting to RM125.8mil for 553 projects to repair, renovate and upgrade schools infrastructure and facilities.

Deputy Education Minister Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi said the Government had come up with a budget of RM900mil for the package for the whole country.

“We will start the projects this month. They are expected to be completed within two years,” he said during a press conference after his visit to SM Sains Miri yesterday.

Puad who was on a one-day working visit also checked on SK Sayed Othman, SJK Chung Hwa Krokop, and SM Sains Miri.

In the afternoon he met educationists at SMK Suai in Sibuti, about 45km from here.

He said out of the RM900mil, a large portion would be utilised by all schools in Sarawak, including mission and Chinese schools.

Puad said RM500mil will be for government schools; RM100mil for Chinese schools; RM100mil for Tamil schools; RM100mil for Sekolah Bantuan Agama, and RM100mil for mission schools throughout the country.

Priority is given to schools categorised at badly damaged.

Puad also said he was satisfied when he inspected ICT-assisted learning at SJK Chung Hwa Krokop.

“I see this as a good move and a relevant project. It fulfils the KSSR package and is in line with our efforts to transform our education system,” he said.

ICT-assisted learning was among the topics discussed in the 17-series education dialogue currently held nationwide.

The final leg of the dialogue is in Johor Baru on July 15.

“I hope more companies would undertake the school ICT project as part of their corporate social responsibilities.

“The students are very active and more daring in learning using ICT,” he said.

Puad said 38 schools in the country has applied ICT-Learning in class and two of them are in Sarawak — at SJK Chung Hwa Miri and another Chinese school in Sibu.

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