BETONG: A total of 183 dilapidated school buildings in Sarawak will be restored over the next six to seven years by using the prefabricated Industrialised Building System (IBS), Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced Monday.
The Prime Minister said this method enables one school building block containing six classrooms and a science laboratory to be built within seven to eight weeks, which is much faster than building a totally new school.
“If we can complete maybe 20 to 30 a year, in six to seven years, we can complete the restoration of 183 dilapidated schools in Sarawak. This is my ambition,” Najib said when opening SK Pusa in the Beting Maro state seat here, located 308km by road east of the state capital Kuching.
The construction of the school, which cost RM21mil, started in June 2008 and was completed in 2010. The school has 18 classrooms and 433 pupils.
Also present were Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid; Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rohani Karim, and the Barisan Nasional candidate for Beting Maro Razaili Gapor.
Najib said that he was well aware of the problems many schools in the state, especially in the interior, were facing.
“In the many places I have been to Sarawak, the schools are in poor condition. Many school buildings are old and dilapidated.
“Some of the Sarawak election candidates have also told me that the school block which they used to go to was still being used today with very little repairs done. Some of the buildings are already slanting,” he said.
The Prime Minister said the poor condition of many schools was the reason he came up with the IBS method as a quick way to rectify a pressing problem.
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