Sabah to seek more funds from KL for schools
Published on: Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Kota Kinabalu: The Education and Innovation Ministry will seek for more allocations from the Federal Government to upgrade infrastructure in schools in Sabah.Its Minister Datuk Dr Yusof Yacob said the ministry currently has some RM36 million allocation to upgrade school facilities which is still insufficient but will implement restoration works in by phases based on priorities.

"The infrastructures include road access, paved roads, water and electricity supply as well as facilities such as internet.

"We had already planned what needs to be done. The State Education Department will work closely with my ministry and we hope the implementation will proceed smoothly in order to solve these issues," he said at the State Education Department Hari Raya Open House here, Tuesday.

On dilapidated school projects, he said an allocation of RM500 million has been provided this year, with more next year.

Yusof also said that the ministry is seeking to have 90 per cent local teachers in Sabah through a reorganisation effective next year.

"The ratio is now 87:13, so with some arrangements, we would be able to reach the target.

This will take place at the end of the year because we do not want the process to affect students who will sit for their exams in Sept and October." he said.

Earlier in his speech, Yusof said that the ministry will collaborate closely with the Education Department to improve the State's education.

He assured that the ministry will play their part in uplifting the State's academic performance.

During the event attended by some 1,000 officers and guests, 20 orphans from SMK Likas and SMK Perempuan Likas and representatives from seven religious schools received contributions worth RM35,000 from Yayasan Pembangunan Iktisad Islam Malaysia.

Also present were State Education Director Datuk Maimunah Suhaibul, Deputy Director Datuk Dr Mohd Kassim Mohd Ibrahim, UiTM Rector Datuk Dr Abdul Kadir Rosline and UMS Vice Chancellor Prof Datuk Dr D Kamarudin D Mudin, among others. - Jeremy S Zabala


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