RM36.98 mln in construction work underway for five dilapidated schools in Tamin, two schools pending tender

Datuk Dr Annuar Rapaee

By Ashley Sim

KUCHING, May 18: Five dilapidated schools in the Tamin constituency are under construction, with a total approved allocation of RM36.98 million, while two other schools are still pending tender.

This was according to Deputy Minister for Education, Innovation, and Talent Development (Higher Education and Innovation) Dr Annuar Rapaee (GPS-PBB) who responded to Tamin assemblyman Christopher Gira Sambang (GPS-PRS) in today’s session of Sarawak Legislative Assembly scheduled to convene from May 17 to 25.

Gira raised the questions with regards to the number of dilapidated school repairs being implemented or to be implemented in the Tamin constituency, as well as the total of funds allocated.

“Under the special allocation of RM1 billion Advance Payment, five of these seven schools are currently under construction, including SK Sg Siong, which costs approximately RM2.46 million and has a progress rate of 35 per cent, SK Sg Sepiring/Sg Tepus, which costs approximately RM11.16 million and has a progress rate of 95 per cent and is almost completed, SK Dijih, which costs approximately RM9.5 million and has a progress rate of only 2 per cent, SK Batu 36, which costs approximately RM5.96 million and has a progress rate of 12.4 per cent, and SK Penghulu Imban which costs approximately RM7.89 million and has a progress rate of 7.74 per cent.

“The other two schools, SK Sg Bwang and SK Siong Tengah, are currently in the planning stages.

“Another school is SMK Selangau which will be taken over by the Ministry of Education (MOE),” said Dr Annuar.

Dr Annuar further disclosed that the scope of work for SMK Selangau includes approximately 18 classrooms under the academic block, a new hostel which can accommodate approximately 400 students, 20 units of teachers’ quarters, and a school hall.

“This is still in the planning stages with the MOE,” he added. — DayakDaily