TAWAU: Sabah Education Department will ensure the wiring system in all schools in the state is upgraded from single-phase to three-phase to ensure there is adequate electricity supply, said its director Datuk Jame Alip.
He said last year the Ministry of Education had allocated RM15 million to change the wiring system in schools throughout Sabah.
“Last year we spent RM4 million for that purpose and the remaining RM11 million we hope to use this year to complete the wiring upgrade work and ensure there are no more schools using single-phase wiring,” he said.
He was speaking to reporters after handing over donations to students who are victims of the Kampung Airport Lama fire at Dewan SK Bandar 1 here yesterday.
He said principals and headmasters must ensure the wiring system in each school had been upgraded and is in good condition.
He said school administrators and teachers should be alert to the dry season caused by the El Nino phenomenon and advise students not to start fires to avoid any untoward incident.
Regarding the construction of schools in Sabah, Jame said he will do his best to carry out all the development projects planned, including efforts to build and upgrade dilapidated schools.
Commenting on the reluctance of some schools to cooperate with the media in relation to a case or the success of the school, he said the State Education Department had never forbidden principals or headmasters from cooperating with the media unless on specified issues based on policies.
At the event, 87 students from several schools in the district who were affected by the Kg Airport Lama fire incident received aid from the JPN Welfare Division, Tawau District Education Office, Sabah Umno Youth, Women Teachers’ Association of Sabah, and Headmasters Council of Tawau.
In the Kg Airport Lama fire last Saturday, 48 squatter houses were destroyed leaving 76 families homeless. — Bernama