LAST_UPDATEThu, 19 Jul 2018 11pm

Upgrading And Building Of New Schools In Sarawak To Start Next Year

KUCHING -- Upgrading and building of new school infrastructure in Sarawak will begin next year, probably in February or March, said Education, Science and Technological Research Minister Datuk Seri Michael Manyin Jawong.

He said based on the data collected from the State Education Department, Sarawak has about 1,020 schools that are considered as dilapidated.

“In our final meeting with the federal government (Ministry of Education) they have agreed to allow the state government to allocate RM1 billion for the next one year to upgrade and build new school infrastructure,” he told a press conference to announce the Sarawak English Language Education Symposium (SELES) 2017 here today.

He said these schools would also be equipped with science labs, adding that most of primary schools in Sarawak were without the facility.

On the forthcoming event, Manyin said the State Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Research in collaboration with the State Education Department will hold the first SELES 2017 from Oct 23 to 25 here.

He said 1,200 participants are anticipated and the target groups would be academicians from local universities and colleges, as well as teachers from throughout the state.

“The first SELES is unique as it proposes to bridge curriculum, classroom practice and reaches out to community beyond educational institutions to create an environment where the English language flourishes without threatening the survival of our indigenous languages,” he said.

Manyin said the symposium hoped to get inputs through discussions among the academicians, practitioners, various stakeholders and members of community to help plan strategies in improving English language education in Sarawak