LANGKAWI: The Education Ministry has allocated RM2.5 million for maintenance and asset purchases for schools in Langkawi.
According to Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid, the aid would be distributed to 28 primary and secondary schools on the island as a short-term project.
“Half of the funds would be used to purchase dormitory beds for the students at Langkawi Vocational College, as well as the restoration of the teachers’ room at Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Mahsuri, the two schools I visited today.
“The ministry is concerned with the maintenance problems of the school, and is not distributing this sum due to the upcoming election,” he said at a press conference after the opening ceremony of the Langkawi district education office (PPDL), in conjunction with the ministry’s 2018 Education Tour in Langkawi for two days, starting today.
At the event, Mahdzir said the construction of 18 classrooms in Sekolah Kebangsaan Seri Lagenda used the Industrialised Building System (IBS).
“The work site for the new classrooms will commence in early March and the project is expected to be completed this June.
“It is faster and more cost effective to construct them by adopting the IBS, and this would overcome the congestion of students in existing classrooms in the school,” he said.
Commenting on the new PPDL building, Mahdzir said the budget for the construction project had reached RM6.2 million and began on 2011.
“With this new building, we hope all officers and staff members will be able to provide the best services, thus improving the academic experience on the island,” he said.