Manyin hopes PH govt give due attention to schools in Sarawak

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Dato Sri Michael Manyin Jawong

KUCHING: Minister of Education, Science and Technological Research Dato Sri Michael Manyin hopes the issues affecting Sarawak’s education sector, such as the many dilapidated schools, will be given attention by the new federal government under Pakatan Harapan (PH).

He hoped the new Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik will not politicise education matters but to ensure everyone gets access to quality education.

“Although education comes under the jurisdiction of the federal government, there are other things that come under the state list such as setting up of institutions of learning. Swinburne Sarawak, Curtin Sarawak and several technical and vocational training institutes.

“This is why Sarawak has set up its own ministry in charge of education, to support the efforts of the federal government to develop the education sector in the state,” he said yesterday.

Manyin, who is also Tebedu assemblyman, said his ministry was ready to cooperate with the new Education Minister for the common benefit and interest of the people in the state.

“The previous federal government had allocated RM1 billion to rebuild and repair dilapidated schools in Sarawak. We will closely monitor such projects to make sure these are done as planned.

“We at the state level are ready to cooperate with the Education Ministry at the federal level to make sure what was planned will continue to be implemented,” he said.

Based on previous news reports, 1,020 out of the 1,454 schools in Sarawak are reported to be in dilapidated conditions, with 415 categorised as ‘really dilapidated’ since 75 per cent of their structures are over 50 years old and in urgent need of repairs.’