TUARAN: Solar energy and rain harvesting systems will be part of the Education Ministrys environmentally-friendly and cost-efficient ways to provide basic infrastructure, such as water and electricity, to Sabahs rural schools.
For a start, some 78 schools in the state will receive power through a RM300mil solar-hybrid system.
The solar-hybrid approach will enable us to save cost as it will mean less fuel use in schools where generators are used, said Education Minister Datuk Hishammuddin Tun Hussein.
He said another RM66.65mil would pay for 117 rain harvesting systems, with an extra RM8mil for 17 tube-well projects to ensure selected schools had sufficient water supply.
He said this after witnessing the launch of the solar-hybrid project by Chief Minister Datuk Musa Aman at the interior Sekolah Kebangsaan Tudan, some 80km from Kota Kinabalu yesterday.
He also said the ministry would construct a matriculation college in Sabah.
The college will provide more opportunities for Sabahan youths to venture into the fields of science and technology and enable them to pursue their studies at local or foreign institutions of higher learning, he said.