Education Ministry greenlights GPS politicians to enter school premises

Ambrose (second left) handing over the cheque from Unifor to Thomas, witnessed by Lo (centre) and others at the Batu Kitang Service Centre on Jan 2, 2024.

KUCHING, Jan 3: The Ministry of Education (MOE) has granted permission for politicians from Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) to enter and participate in efforts aimed at supporting schools in the State.

Commending MOE for giving GPS politicians the greenlight to contribute directly to school development, Batu Kitang assemblyman Dato Lo Khere Chiang said it is the right decision so as to ensure all schools, including their facilities, are in good and safe condition.

“In the past, politicians from GPS faced restrictions from entering school premises, even though we have allocations through the Rural Transformation Programme (RTP) to help schools.

“But now, I want to give credit to the Education Minister for granting us the opportunity to assist schools,” he told reporters after handing over Unit for Other Religions (Unifor) aid for missionary schools at his N13 Batu Kitang Service Centre yesterday (Jan 2).

In a news report by TVS, Lo also urged the federal government to expedite the devolution of certain educational powers to the Sarawak government.

He emphasised that this would empower the Sarawak government to better manage the education sector, particularly in revising the teaching of Sarawak’s history, including about Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).

“But I would prefer if the federal government gives Sarawak not only education autonomy, but any allocations rightly for Sarawak.

“With the current capabilities of GPS, we can significantly contribute to the improvement of schools and the education of students. Hopefully, we can impart the accurate history of Sarawak, including MA63, to our children,” he added.

At the function, Unifor representative Ambrose Linang presented a cheque for RM102,000 to SK Sacred Heart School Board of Management chairman Thomas Gown. — DayakDaily