TUARAN: The Education Ministry is taking the green approach in its efforts to provide basic infrastructure such as water and electricity to Sabah's rural schools.
For a start, some 78 schools in the state would receive power supply through a solar hybrid system at a cost of some RM300mil.
Education Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said his ministry was investing another RM66.65mil for 117 rain-harvesting projects and another RM8mil for 17 tube well projects to ensure selected schools had sufficient water supply.
“The solar hybrid approach would enable us to cut costs as it would mean lesser use of fuel in schools where generators are used,” he said.
He said this Saturday after witnessing the launching of the solar hybrid project by Chief Minister Datuk Musa Aman at the remote Sekolah Kebangsaan Tudan some 80km from Kota Kinabalu.
He said the solar hybrid project was among the RM3.56bil development projects undertaken by his ministry in Sabah, adding that it exceeded the initial allocated amount of RM3.43bil.
Hishammuddin said the Education Ministry was also set to spend another RM400mil to provide power supply to another 122 schools in the state also via the solar hybrid approach.
Meanwhile, Hishammuddin said the ministry would also be constructing a matriculation college in Sabah at a cost of RM300mil.
“The college will spell more opportunities for Sabah youth to venture into the fields of science and technology and enable them to pursue their studies at local or foreign higher learning institutions,” he said.