SK Pedai, SK Nanga Jagoi construction hits 40 pct, contractors hope to finish by Christmas

Roland (fifth right) in a group photo with others during a visit to one of the schools in Kanowit. Also seen are Dr Annuar (third right) and Harden (fourth right). Photo credit: Ukas

KANOWIT, Aug 24: The SK Pedai and SK Nanga Jagoi construction projects, which cost RM13.5 million, is 40 per cent complete.

Minister of Education, Innovation and Talent Development Datuk Roland Sagah Wee Inn said that the contractors are targeting to complete the construction of both schools by Christmas on Dec 25 this year.

“The project is actively being implemented and is now undergoing installation using the industrialised building system (IBS).

“We hope the projects can be completed according to the specifications and requirements set to provide better schooling facilities to the children,” he told Sarawak Public Communication Unit (Ukas) during a visit to inspect the progress of dilapidated schools upgrading projects in Sarawak yesterday (Aug 23).

Roland pointed out that the school development project involved 12 schools under one package.

Deputy Minister of Education and Innovation Dr Annuar Rapaee, Deputy Minister of Talent Development Datuk Francis Harden Hollis, Machan assemblyman Allan Siden Geramong and Ngemah assemblyman Anyi Jana were also present.

At the same event, Allan also announced a Rural Transformation Project (RTP) grant of RM10,000 for the construction of a pool in the school.

Later during a visit to SK Batu 26 and SK Penghulu Imban, Roland emphasised that the government has allocated more than RM20 million to upgrade three dilapidated schools namely SK Penghulu Imban Sibu, SK Batu 36 Selangau and SK Sangan Iban Tatau.

He said that they will be under phase seven of the project under the RM1 billion upgrading of dilapidated schools programme in Sarawak.

“Overall, SK Penghulu Imban will cost RM7.9 million, SK Batu 36 at RM4.9 million and SK Sangan Iban at RM8 million,” he explained.

There are 476 dilapidated schools in Sarawak, out of which 200 schools will be upgraded in the initial phase.

Roland added that the Ministry will continue to monitor the progress of all the projects to ensure they can be completed in the nearest time.

He also called on the school managements involved to help in monitoring and keep the Ministry informed of the projects’ development.

“Currently, I am satisfied with the works that have been done by some of the contractors and I hope the rest of the contractors can work harder to complete the project,” he urged. — DayakDaily