Saturday, February 28, 2015
Muhyiddin: Makeshift classrooms only temporary
The Deputy Prime Minister said SK Penimbawan was undergoing upgrading works and the students had been placed in temporary classrooms.
He said the ministry’s secretary-general had been sent to Sabah to monitor the situation.
One off the classrooms with plywood walls and zinc tops
Muhyiddin said an allocation of about RM5mil to RM10mil had been approved a few months ago.
“It is a matter of management and implementation which takes time,” he told a press conference after attending the Pagoh youth music fiesta carnival here Saturday.
He said he directed for the upgrading works to be completed by this year.
SK Penimbawan is among 10 schools with a total enrolment of more than 2,000 students that were destroyed by either fires or landslips in Sabah since last year.
Classrooms at the SK Penimbawan are wall-less structures resembling garages with concrete floors. SK Penimbawan was destroyed by a fire in May.
The classrooms equipped with dirty chairs and table at the school
The school was without electricity when it was built and several months ago when power was supplied to the building, a short circuit cause the fire.
Two other schools facing similar predicaments are SK Tampasak in Papar district and SK Pekan primary school in Kiulu.
The two schools' classrooms comprise canopy tents with the bare ground as a floor.
The plight of pupils in SK Peninbawan was highlighted in a viral tweet with the hashtag #SchoolWithNoWall on Friday.
In a tweet directed at Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa on Friday, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said, “Please investigate and take action to help if this is true. This should not have happened.”