KOTA KINABALU: Some 600 schools in Sabah will be given a facelift when a RM500mil application by the state government is approved by the federal authorities.
State education director Datuk Jame Alip expects the allocation to be approved by next week.
“We identified about 600 out of the 1,000 primary and secondary schools in the state which badly need to be renovated,” he said.
Jame said most of these schools were built in the 1980s and needed to be refurbished for safety purposes, adding that funds would be distributed to the schools when the state’s application is approved.
Meanwhile, Jame said a notice had been issued to all school heads and principals in Sabah to identify potentially hazardous areas around their schools following the incident where a 10-year-old pupil here was pierced in the cheek by a loose iron rod from a drain grating.
On the department’s contribution to the medical expenses of the boy, Hugan Issacs, he said this was being taken care of by the school’s appointed insurance company. All 500,000 schoolchildren in Sabah are covered by an appointed insurance company, he said, adding that the department would help Hugan’s family should the need arise.