Church wants to take over SK St Teresa’s from federal gov’t

st-teresa-kuchingKUCHING: St Teresa’s, a Roman Catholic Church in Serian, Sarawak, plans to take over the government-aided SK St Teresa’s School in the same town and turn it into a private mission-run school.

Reverend Father Paul Harry, who confirmed this, reiterated that the Church would apply for a private license for the 80 year-old school. “At the moment the school is run by the Federal Government.”

“It was run by the Mission Board until the Federal Government took it over. Thereafter, we couldn’t do anything to help the school.”

He was commenting on a statement by Minister of Infrastructure Development and Communication Michael Manyin Jawong on Sunday that the school, reportedly declared unsafe by the Public Works Department (PWD), would be relocated to a new site not far from Serian town and renamed SK Sri Sadong.

Manyin did not say why the school had to be renamed. However, he added that the Federal Government allocated RM300,000 for the school some years ago but the Bishop, fearing the Church would lose the land where the now sits, rejected the offer.

Father Paul agreed that the Bishop did reject the offer. “The school can accept renovation works but not funding.”