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Remote areas to have better access to education

The new hostel
The new hostel

PITAS: Schools in remote areas in Sabah can acquire good examination results especially when the teaching fraternity there work together towards this common goal.

With this in mind, SK Nibang headmaster Abdul Malik Madtasin said his goal was to achieve 100 per cent passes in his schools’ UPSR examination next year.

He was confident that this was achievable for the remote school in Pitas, thanks to the newly built 50-bed semi-concrete rural hostel costing RM350,000 that would  enable most of the 74 pupils to stay in the school compound and stay in a better learning environment.

“The district education officer challenged us to achieve the 100 % passes goal and we readily took it. We are very grateful for this facility made possible through funding  by Yayasan ALbukhary and through the efforts of (Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister) Datuk Seri Panglima Dr Maximus Ongkili. Now the children can stay in the school compound instead of being hindered by distance, the rough journey and weather from attending classes. They can also have more revision classes after the school session ended,” said Abdul Malik.

He added that the school made some breakthrough in the UPSR examination by achieving an increase of 20% in passes this year. Next year four pupils would  be taking the UPSR examination and he aimed for them to achieve 6As and the other two to achieve at least 6Bs.

SK Nibang was the fifth rural school to be completed and launched, funded by Yayasan Albukhary and with Maximus, who is also Kota Marudu MP, to provide the facilities at remote rural schools where absenteeism was high due to distance and travelling conditions.

Maximus said he was not limiting the aid to his Kota Marudu constituency but to needy schools in northern Sabah. The other school in Pitas that had benefited from the semi-concrete rural hostel was  SK Pantai while the other three are in Kota Marudu.

“We propose to build another one in Pulau Banggi. We hope this infrastructure will provide opportunity for the rural children to study and achieve academic excellence like pupils in other schools in towns and cities,” he said during the launch of the hostel situated at the school compound  recently.

Dr Maximus said such cooperation with the private sector and NGOs is crucial in assisting the government to develop education infrastructure in the rural areas.

He also said while waiting for the process of handing over the rural hostel to the Education Ministry’s care which would take about three months, he would allocate funds for the hostel pupils’ meals.

Teacher Jabrin Oyuh, 35, who is also chairman of Kg Nibang village committee, said the school’s teachers would have a more exciting time teaching as they expect to have full class attendance with the completion of the hostel.

“Now pupils will no longer have excuses to skip school and I think they will find learning time more fun as their environment is improved. They no longer have to endure hardship travelling to school but will be able to concentrate on their studies,” he said.

“I have to persuade parents to send their children to school and it was hard to convince them to do so as some of the pupils had to walk 5km through the jungle just to reach school,” he said, adding that some of them lived in villages that required them to cross a river.

“Now since the hostel is just 100 meters away from their classroom, we will be able to organise more academic and curriculum activities with full pupil attendance,” he said with a smile on his face.

Also present at the ceremony today was Executive Vice President, Corporate, Malakoff Corporation Berhad, representing Yayasan ALbukhrary, Shaharul Farez Hasan.-Sayangsabah


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