KUALA LIPIS: The Government cannot meet development requests from all schools in the country although the Education Ministry has asked for RM1.14bil under the Ninth Malaysia Plan.
Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said while more new school blocks and laboratories should be built, many schools in the remote areas were still without basic amenities such as water and electricity.
More than half the national schools located in the rural areas, he noted, lacked power or water supply.
We want to ensure that all schools, especially those in the rural areas, have the basic necessities first.
At the same time, we also want to concentrate on increasing training for teachers and constructing new schools and special education schools by 2020, he told reporters after attending the opening of SK Betau near here yesterday.
On the death of SJK (C) Keat Hwa teacher Chan Boon Heng, who fell to his death when the plywood floor of a two-storey block in the Alor Star school gave way on Sunday, Hishammuddin said the tragedy was a grim reminder to all in the education field that safety at schools should not be ignored.
We should all be responsible for the death of a dedicated teacher. Safety issues should be treated as an important aspect in the management of schools, he added.
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