KUALA LANGAT: The Education Ministry (MOE) is identifying long-abandoned school construction projects nationwide to enable reconstruction work to be expedited, says Dr Radzi Jidin.
The Senior Minister said the abandoned projects could cause more damage and increase construction costs.
“We are going around to see what is actually happening as well as to identify the obstacles that need to be overcome so that the projects can be resumed.
“Abandoned school construction projects are among our focus for now, ” he told reporters after visiting the construction site of SK Bandar Saujana Putra and SMK Bandar Saujana Putra yesterday.
The construction of both schools have been abandoned since last year.
Radzi said they would try to reduce all bureaucracies under the management of the MOE or other agencies so as to enable these ailing projects to be expedited.
“For the 2021 projects, we will make early plans so that their implementation can be carried out properly and smoothly in accordance with the fixed schedule.
“The same mechanism and procedure will be adopted but in some instances, the period can be shortened with the cooperation of all parties, ” he said.
On the two schools, Radzi said tenders would be called by early next year and that they expect the new contractor to start work soon after that.
“For SK Bandar Saujana Putra, about 55% has been built while for SMK Bandar Saujana Putra, there is only 5% left for completion.
“We expect the secondary school to be ready by end of next year, ” he said.
He added that SK Bandar Saujana Putra would have 24 classrooms while the secondary school would have 36 classrooms.
Apart from these two schools, Radzi said the ministry was carrying out reconstruction work on SMK Langkon, Kota Marudu in Sabah, which had been abandoned since 2016. — Bernama
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