Nearly RM1.4 billion approved for dilapidated schools in Sarawak

Almost RM1.4 billion has been set aside to upgrade or build classrooms, hostels, administration buildings and other facilities for dilapidated schools in Sarawak. (Bernama pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: The government has approved RM1.388 billion under the 11th Malaysia Plan (2016-2020) to upgrade and redevelop 291 dilapidated schools in Sarawak, the Dewan Rakyat was told today.

Deputy Education Minister Mah Hang Soon said the allocation had been used to upgrade or build classrooms, hostels, administration buildings and other facilities.

As of Aug 5, he said, 169 projects had been completed with 160 issued certificates of completion and compliance (CCC) or certificates of partial occupancy (CPO). The other nine are in the process of obtaining the CPO.

“In addition, 48 projects are still under construction and 74 others are in various pre-construction phases,” Mah said when replying to a question from Larry Sng Wei Shien (PH-Julau).

“Details on the current status of each dilapidated school can be accessed by the public through the dilapidated school dashboard on the ministry’s portal.

“As of Aug 5, a total of RM538.6 million has been used for the purpose of finalising work contracts to upgrade and redevelop such schools in Sarawak.”