KUCHING: The Government will be able to save time and cost by using the Industrialised Building System (IBS) to repair or upgrade schools, Deputy Education Minister Chong Sin Woon said.
He said the system, which was used in a pilot project at SJK (T) Dengkil in Selangor, had proven to be cost-efficient while construction took a shorter time to complete.
“There have been many complaints that school projects face a shortage of funds and long construction periods.
“So we always look for alternatives without compromising the quality of construction, and also speed up our service delivery,” he said after handing over grants for Chinese and mission schools in Sarawak at SJKC Chung Hua No. 3 here yesterday.
Chong was commenting on Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s announcement that the use of IBS to upgrade schools would be extended nationwide, starting with six schools in Sarawak.
The six schools are SK Pulau Seduku, SMK Sebuyau, SK Nanga Pua, SK Kampung Tanam, SK Kalok Pusa and SK Abang Man, at a cost of about RM2mil each.
Chong presented cheques for RM8.595mil for 184 Chinese primary schools, RM2.88mil for 10 Chinese conforming secondary schools and RM17.2mil for 124 mission schools in Sarawak.
State Welfare, Women and Family Development Minister Datuk Fatimah Abdullah said Sarawak needed more funds to repair dilapidated schools.
Meanwhile, the Federation of Council of Christian Mission Schools Malaysia welcomed the grants given to mission schools by the Federal Government and Education Ministry over the last few years.
Its secretary Ambrose Linang said RM80mil had been disbursed to mission schools in Sarawak from 2010 to last year.
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