KAPIT, Oct 25: Pelagus assemblyman Wilson Nyabong Ijang said the project to upgrade SK Nanga Bena has been stopped as it is affected by the new policy of centralising under-enrolled schools.
He said there are three schools along Sungai Sut that will be affected by the new policy and the plan now is to combine the three schools into a centralised school.
The three schools are SK Nanga Antaroh, SK Nanga Bena and SK Rantau Panjai.
“All these three schools are situated in Sungai Sut area. And the plan now is to consolidate these three schools into one school.
“Because of the new plan, the plan to relocate SK Nanga Bena has been stopped,” Nyabong told DayakDaily today.
He said before the new policy of centralising under-enrolled schools was unveiled, he was already looking for a new site to relocate SK Nanga Bena.
“I am fully aware of the problem of the school. That is why I have included the needs of that school in my election manifesto.
“Since I won the seat, I have been looking for a new site to relocate the school because the present site is not suitable. It is prone to flood and soil erosion. And the school is very old.
“However, now with the new policy, the plan is to combine the three schools into one. And these things can’t be done overnight,” he explained.
He said due to the latest change in the situation, he has now allocated funds under the Rural Transformation Programme (RTP) to upgrade the access road to SK Nanga Bena.
“We don’t want to put money there anymore in case finally it is moved. We would rather use the money to make the road better, so that the community there still benefit from it,” said Nyabong.
He was responding to Paren Nyawi, the special assistant to Sibu MP Oscar Ling.
Paren brought up the issue of SK Nanga Bena after a visit to the school.
He said the school buildings were unfit to be occupied and urged the government to allocate funds to improve the school which is 39km away from Kapit town. – DayakDaily