Ministry of Education is doing its best to solve Sabah’s ‘sekolah tumpang’ problem, minister says

Chief Education Minister Datuk Mohd Radzi Md Jidin (2nd from left) visits the new Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Libaran building in Sandakan on June 13, 2022. – Bernama pic

Monday, June 13, 2022 8:05 PM MYT

SANDAKAN, June 13 – The Ministry of Education (MoE) is doing all it can to resolve the issue of sekolah tumpang (e.g. a secondary school occupying the same space as a primary school) involving 23 schools in Sabah, said Chief Minister of Education, Datuk Mohd Radzi MD Jidin.

He said 20 schools have received an allocation of RM706 million to erect a building, while efforts to find funds for three more schools are continuing.

“Sabah has more sekolah tumpang than any other place. This is an infrastructure challenge for the Ministry of Education.

“The ministry will focus on schools that are not completed on time. The most important thing is that our children are provided with a top-notch center of learning,” he told reporters after presiding over the new Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Libaran building today.

Mohd Radzi said the school, which has 597 students and was one of 23 sekolah tumpang, had co-existed with Sekolah Kebangsaan Sungai Padas, a primary school 3 km away, for more than 22 years.

Located 25 km from Sandakan, SMK Libaran will begin welcoming students in grades 1-5 to its new home on July 1.

On another topic, Mohd Radzi said his ministry was in talks with several parties on how to instill a love of nature in students.

He said it was because he didn’t want what happened to the extinct Sumatran rhino to happen again and that “our children need to understand that we need to take care of our natural treasures for future generations”.

During his visit to Sandakan, Mohd Radzi visited the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Center (SOURC), the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Center (BSBCC) and the Rainforest Discovery Center (RDC) to learn more about their work. — Bernama