BATU PAHAT: Senggarang, near here, has the potential to become an education hub due to the existence of several institutions of higher learning.
There are plans to set up other tertiary institutes and colleges.
Batu Pahat member of parliament Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi said this advantage has enabled the planning of a more structured education hub for the area.
"Besides SM Sains Batu Pahat, which is the country's 64th residential school, that was opened last week, Senggarang is also the location of the Advanced Technology Training Centre (Adtec) which produces diploma graduates.
"The Batu Pahat Community College has also been completed and will start their first intake of students in October while Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia's (UTHM) Aerospace and Maritime Faculty will be based in Tanjong Laboh, Senggarang, here" said Puad.
Puad, who is the deputy education minister, said there is also the possibility of building another vocational school in Senggarang.
He said efforts are underway to expedite the building of UTHM's Aerospace and Maritime Faculty at an existing airfield in Tanjong Laboh so that students can undergo their practical training and also upgrade the airfield.
"The land acquisition process has been completed and the villagers have been relocated but we are still discussing with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to allow the airfield to be managed by a neutral party so that the faculty can be developed," said Puad, adding that a flight training centre has also been eyeing the airfield.
He is confident that the matter could be solved soon so that both parties can use the airfield.