Centralised school SK Kujang Mawang now 20 per cent complete

Sagah (sixth right), flanked by Dr Annuar (fifth right), along with officials and officers in a group photo at the SK Kujang Mawang site in Tebedu on Oct 31, 2023. Photo credit: Ukas

KUCHING, Nov 2: The construction on centralised school Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Kujang Mawang has so far reached 20 per cent completion.

According to Education, Innovation, and Talent Development (MEITD) Sarawak minister Dato Sri Roland Sagah Wee Inn, it has exceeded the original target of 15 per cent, Sarawak Public Communications Unit (Ukas) has reported.

Sagah congratulated Public Works Department (JKR) Serian, especially the contractor, SCIB Industrialised Building System Sdn Bhd, for being committed to implementing the project in an orderly and timely manner.

At the same time, he expressed gratitude to the former Education, Science, and Technological Research Sarawak minister Datuk Amar Michael Manyin Jawong, who is now an advisor in the Sarawak Premier’s Department (Education), for his efforts in realising the construction of the school.

“Based on a report from JKR Serian, construction work started on Feb 23, 2023 with a contract cost of RM23 million.

“The project implementation period is for 24 months, starting from Mar 9, 2023 to Mar 8, 2025,” explained Sagah, as quoted by Ukas.

Sagah, who is also Tarat assemblyman, said this when met during a visit to the SK Kujang Mawang site in Tebedu on Tuesday (Oct 31).

Explaining further, the Education Minister highlighted that the objective of the centralised school project is to replace dilapidated school buildings in order to save on the cost of operating and maintaining the school, including providing modern and complete infrastructure facilities.

In addition, Sagah said it is planned for the school to house students from ‘Sekolah Kurang Murid’ (low enrolment schools or SKM) in Tebedu District which covers a distance of 18 kilometres.

Also participating in the visit were MEITD Sarawak Deputy Minister Datuk Dr Annuar Rapaee, Tebedu assemblyman Dr Simon Sinang Bada, Serian Division JKR engineer Cyresly Francis Kureng, Tebedu District Officer Joseph Liaw, Serian Division Acting Resident Abdul Khalid Manap, Serian District Education Office representative Jennifer, and the SCIB Industrial Building System Sdn Bhd contractor.

For the record, in 2017, the Sarawak Education Department identified a total of 651 SKM throughout the State of which 263 can be centralised into 49 schools, Ukas reported.

The project is the third phase under the 11th Malaysia Plan (RMK11) programme for dilapidated schools in Sarawak with the allocation of RM1 billion for the schools involved. — DayakDaily