Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem said the state will be firm with the federal government when it comes to implementation of education policies in Sarawak.
Adenan said that he was not happy that after 53 years, many dilapidated schools still exist across the state – particularly in the rural areas – without basic facilities such as electricity or treated water supply.
Many schools also lack basic infrastructure and have poor road connectivity.
The chief minister added that the government had to put aside some budget to overcome the physical problem of schools in the state as it could not depend solely on its federal counterpart.
“After half-a-century, we are still left behind (in education facilities) and this is not acceptable. We should be on par with the peninsula.
“I know that to build facilities and infrastructure is not easy but after 50 years, Sarawak ought to be on par. Instead, we still have schools that ‘fell into the river’ and students who go to school barefooted,” Adenan said when officiating at the 51st Sarawak School Principals Education Management Convention at Hotel Seri Simanggang here today (July 18).
Adenan blamed the policy makers in Putrajaya that had hindered the growth of education in the country. He explained that the constant changes in policies are confusing students as well as educators.
He cited the use of English to teach Science and Mathematics as an example of such “flip-flopping” policies. Each time a new minister takes charge of education, there will be new programmes, he continued.
“One of the big mistakes we (the government) have made was to downgrade the use of English language in education. Why can’t we have both?” he questioned. – Borneo Post