MIRI: Native children in Bakun, who were among 10,000 people relocated to the Sungai Asap Resettlement scheme four years ago to make way for the RM6bil hydroelectric dam project, are achieving better results in public examinations now.
Results of the UPSR and PMR examinations last year have shown considerable improvement in their academic performance compared to when they lived in upriver settlements.
Belaga assemblyman Stanley Ajang said the relocation of the native pupils from isolated interior schools to the more modern schools in and around Sungai Asap have benefited them tremendously.
“Their educational achievements have improved a lot as can be seen from the recent UPSR and PMR results.
“Initially, when the Bakun folks were resettled into Sungai Asap, many of the interior kids found themselves in very unfamiliar school environments as they had to share the same school with children from many different settlements.
“But nowadays, these kids are able to mix more freely with each other. After living with each other for a few years, they have settled in very well and their academic results are also improving,” he said in an interview.
There are about 2,000 primary and secondary pupils attending the two primary and one secondary schools in the Sungai Asap area, about 50km from the Bakun dam project site.