ALL schools yet to receive power and water supply will get them by the end of next year 13 years ahead of schedule.
Education Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said this was following an order from the Prime Minister.
The Umno Youth chief, in his winding-up speech, said the move was to bridge the gap between rural and urban schools and prevent students from dropping out.
About 1,555 schools of the total 4,000 in the rural and interior areas of the country still do not have water while about 800 are without power.
Most Malay children are from lower income families in rural areas. We want to defend them, he said.
We know that they need quality education in order to compete on a level playing field.
On the teaching of Science and Maths in English, Hishammuddin said the party's education bureau had been directed to carry out a study on alternatives.
We do not have to make a decision until 2008. It would be unfair to stop the programme midway.
Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed said the noose was being tightened around errant private institutes of higher learning.
He said his ministry along with the Immigration Department was also clamping down on errant foreign students who abused the conditions of their visas.
We will provide special attention to bumiputra-owned private institutes of higher learning to enable them to overcome inherent problems such as lack of enrolment, Mustapa said in his final speech.