Sabah's school repair programme to go on

FARDY BUNGGA

KOTA KINABALU: The Education Ministry has confirmed that the state’s school repair programme will be continued despite the change in government.

“I cannot answer specifically on the allocation, but as far as I know the upgrade works for run down schools will still be on,” said the ministry’s director-general Datuk Dr Amin Senin.

The Barisan Nasional government allocated RM1 billion

in the 2018 Budget for upgrading the state’s dilapidated schools.

On another issue, he said the ministry would discuss extending the Healthy Mind programme, which was targeted only at students, to school staff to address the stress problem among teachers.

He said teachers who were having stress issues would be stationed at education offices and given counselling or referred to hospitals.

“This programme has been implemented for so long but only for students. There will be discussions to involve teachers.”

He said there were suggestions that schools be given more autonomy to identify and look for solutions to problems.

Amin said policies were formulated at the ministry level and their implementation was supervised by the Education Department at the state and district levels.

He said the department and district offices should support schools to ensure that they conducted programmes and activities properly.

Present was Sabah Education director Datuk Maimunah Suhaibul. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd