Almost 4,000 primary pupils in Sabah given supplies and hygiene kits under Yayasan Petronas programme

A teacher from SK Salilaran, Rexonial Bebb Paul (second right) receiving the Back To School 2021 items from Datuk Arthur Joseph Kurup (second left), while Sabah and Labuan Petronas Head of Operations, Jasper Diego (left) looks on. -Pix courtesy of Petronas

KOTA KINABALU: Some 3,750 primary students from 132 schools in Sabah, and 200 from 17 schools in Labuan, have benefited from Yayasan Petronas’ Back To School (BTS) 2021 programme this year.

The programme, under which recipients get new sets of school supplies and personal hygiene kits, kicked off last month.

The last leg of the programme was at Nabawan district on Friday (April 16) where 120 pupils, including those from Sabah’s most remote primary schools, received the supplies.

They are from SK Kampung Bahagia Nabawan, SK Salarom, SK Pekan Nabawan, SK Tetagas, SK Sibangali as well as SK Salilaran from Pensiangan district, said Petronas in a statement on Friday (April 16).

Each student received two three-layer reusable face masks, a hand towel, box of soap, schoolbag, tumbler, student activity notebook, pencil case and stationery items as well as two sets of school uniforms and a pair of socks and shoes.

Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department (Economy) Datuk Arthur Joseph Kurup was present to hand over the items to school representatives at the Nabawan district education office, accompanied by Sabah and Labuan Petronas head of operations Jasper Diego.

Arthur, who is Pensiangan MP, said Yayasan Petronas' contribution would go a long way towards helping the underprivileged families of schoolgoing children there.

More than 21,000 underprivileged primary students across the country have received the supplies under BTS 2021.

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