Radzi: MoE seeks to legalise school land for future planning


KAJANG: The Education Ministry is carrying out the process of legalisation, or transfer of ownership of school land from state governments to the Department of Director-General of Lands and Mines (JKPTG) to ease future planning of school infrastructure.

Senior Education Minister Datuk Dr Radzi Jidin said the issue of delays in previous school construction projects was due to the land acquisition process, which took very long.

“School construction is an issue that has been going on for a long time. The issue relates to the delay in school construction.

“I have always emphasised that the land of school sites all this while does not belong to JKPTG or the government.

“That’s why when we obtain an allocation for the construction of a school, and when we check, we find that the site is not owned by JKPTG.

“The transfer process then takes a long time. We will take proactive action to legalise the land to ensure that after this, the school land belongs to the government,” he said after attending the Sek Keb Putrajaya Presint 17(1)’s 6th Annual Athletics event at UNITEN Mini Stadium here yesterday.

On Wednesday, the Auditor-General’s Report 2021 Series 1 stated that the management of school construction projects between 2016 and 2021, under the 11th Malaysia Plan (11MP), including extension projects, was not as efficient and effective as expected.

The report said coordination problems between state governments, local authorities, and utility companies, as well as project site availability, contributed to the delay in the project.

According to Bernama, Radzi said his ministry is working with local authorities to ensure that school construction problems, including abandoned ones, can be implemented immediately and would not affect the development of the country’s education infrastructure.

In another development, Radzi said his ministry is seeking clarification from the Statistics Department Malaysia (DOSM) regarding a survey which found that approximately 390,000, or 72.1%, of Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) holders did not want to continue their studies.

Radzi said that MOE, first, needs to know more details about the sample used in the study before proposing some solutions and providing a public explanation.

“We want to know which age cohort the department conducted the study on, and which age cohort represented that percentage,” he said.

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