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Sabah needs more new schools. The state’s schools are facing problems such as overcrowding and dilapidated buildings. Pic by NSTP/POLIANA RONNIE SIDOM.

SANDAKAN: Sabah needs more new schools. The state’s schools are facing problems such as overcrowding and dilapidated buildings.

State Education and Innovation Minister Datuk Dr Yusof Yacob said these problems had been brought up in the past, but were not given serious attention.

He added that many of the previous government’s plans were not reviewed thoroughly, especially those related to the distribution of students and infrastructure needs.

Such factors, he said, had resulted in facilities requested by the state not being approved, and big school with few students.

“There is a school with more than 2,000 students and not enough classrooms, where a classroom has 60 students,” he told a press conference after visiting SMK Elopura, here, today.

State Education and Innovation Minister Datuk Dr Yusof Yacob said these problems had been brought up in the past, but were not given serious attention. Pic by NSTP/POLIANA RONNIE SIDOM

“However, there are also big schools but no students.

“The matter needs to be resolved.

“We must have planning, more schools and bigger allocations.

“We cannot let schools be overcrowded every year.”

Yusof said 707 of the 1,296 schools in Sabah were dilapidated.

He said last year, only 120 schools were repaired.

He said the state government was still coordinating with the central government over the transfer of autonomous powers to Sabah, so that the state was able to manage and give priority to development, including in the education sector.

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