Radzi: No student left behind

Upgrading underway: The roof of one of the buildings in SJK(T) Telok Panglima Garang fell off on Oct 12. — IZZRAFIQ ALIAS/The Star

UPGRADING dilapidated schools is among the issues prioritised by the Education Ministry.

As such, a total of RM746mil has been allocated in Budget 2022 for building repairs, its minister Datuk Dr Radzi Jidin said.The ministry, he added, wants every student in the country to attend schools in a safe, comfortable and conducive environment.

This, he said, is in line with the government’s Malaysian Family Aspiration programme to ensure that every student has access to the necessary infrastructure.

“We don’t want any child to be left behind.

“Some parts of the buildings do not even have roofs for students to wait for their parents (to pick them up) or to conduct activities.

“Since last year, we have been providing schools with open halls as they are a necessity for students to carry out their outside classroom activities,” he said, adding that facilities such as Internet connection could be provided in these halls moving forward.

Radzi was speaking during a live Bernama telecast on Nov 23.Among the main challenges the ministry faces in upgrading dilapidated buildings, he said, involves the status of the land.

Structures cannot be built on lands that are not owned by the Federal Land Commission, he said.

“If the land status issue is unresolved, there will be a delay in (upgrading) work,” he said.Separately, Radzi told the Dewan Rakyat on Sept 22 that under the 12th Malaysia Plan, RM4.432bil had been approved to upgrade and redevelop 882 schools with dilapidated buildings nationwide. — By SANDHYA MENON

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