Unifor presents RM5.9 mln in funds to 49 Anglican mission schools

Sagah (second left) presenting a Unifor cheque to a school representative while Unifor director Jack Aman Luat (left), Assistant Bishop, Anglican Diocese of Kuching Rev Nelson Ugas Bulang (centre) and Diocesan Education Officer, Anglican Diocese of Kuching Rev Robin Sabai (right) look on.

By Christopher Lidom

KUCHING, March 2: Unit for Other Religions (Unifor) presented RM5.9 million funds to 49 mission schools under the Anglican Diocese of Kuching.

Minister of Education, Innovation and Talent Development (MEITD) Sarawak Datuk Roland Sagah Wee Inn said, this is the second year the Sarawak government under Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) is giving aid to mission schools.

He said although the schools did received funding from the federal government previously, the amount is not sufficient.

“It is not enough and too little. Even though the schools were ‘adopted’ by the government and used as a government school, but when it comes to repairing schools, there is no provision allocated for mission schools,” he told reporters when met after the ceremony to present Unifor funding to Sarawak mission schools at a hotel here today.

According to Sagah, the Sarawak government is not only providing aid to national schools and Chinese schools, but also all missionary schools including Roman Catholic schools, and those under other churches as well.

He added this is because they do not receive any federal allocations.

“Previously, the federal government used to provide it, but we have seen in a year or two, that there have been no more,” he said.

The 49 mission schools are from Kuching (20), Kota Samarahan (2), Serian (8), Sri Aman (6) Betong (11) and Miri (2). — DayakDaily