Let’s move forward and start fixing dilapidated schools, says Manyin

Manyin (centre) fielding questions from the press.

By Nancy Nais

KUCHING, Sept 6: Both the state and federal government must move forward, now that the disagreement over delayed repairs of dilapidated schools in Sarawak has been settled.

Minister of Education, Science and Technological Research Datuk Seri Michael Manyin Jawong said both governments should stop pointing fingers at each other and start focusing on the job at hand.

“Now that we have settled the disagreement, both sides are working well together. Let us move forward for the sake of our children and education instead of non-stop pointing fingers at each other,” he said after chairing a press conference on Worldskills Malaysia Sarawak competition, here, today.

Manyin said he had no less than five meetings with Putrajaya to sort out outstanding issues, including repairing of schools as soon as possible with Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik.

A total of 1,020 out of 1,457 schools across the state are identified as dilapidated, with 415 categorised as “critically dilapidated”.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg is expected to officiate at the earth breaking ceremony for the upgrading project of SK Sungai Tisang in Bintulu this Sept 11, while construction will commence in Oct.

Manyin said one of the school’s existing block will be demolished and rebuild into a four-storey building.

This is one of the five schools under the first batch, which will begin its upgrading process this year. — DayakDaily