By Adrian Lim
KUCHING, Sept 28: Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) Dudong branch has sought the help from the Ministry of Education (MOE) to solve the issue of lack of schools and micro schools in Sibu.
SUPP Dudong branch chairman Wong Ching Yong together with a few community leaders paid a courtesy call on Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon in Kuala Lumpur today to explain to him about the issues faced by students in Sibu.
“The purpose of the trip is to seek assistance from Dr Mah to ensure that two schools in Sibu Jaya will be built under the 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP) from 2021 to 2025.
“It is also to discuss the dilemma faced by the combined classes in micro schools in Sibu,” he said in a statement today.
Wong who is also Sibu Rural District Council (SRDC) deputy chairman said he has met with the residents of Sibu Jaya during the last Chinese New Year in February 2020.
Wong said he was told by the local residents that they desperately needed the addition of a secondary school and a primary school for their children.
He added two new schools namely SK Dudong and SMK Dudong were supposed to be constructed under the 10MP and 11MP but were terminated for unknown reasons.
On another note, Wong said one of the schools in Sibu, Jaya SMK Sibu Jaya had to implement a rotating class system due to Covid-19 and in compliance with the standard operating procedures (SOP).
As a result, he noted some students were unable to go to school every day to continue their studies due to serious lack of classrooms and the need for physical distancing.
Hence, Wong and the community leaders have approached Dr Mah for a resolution on the educational problems faced by the children in Sibu Jaya. —DayakDaily