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Education minister: 694 school repair projects completed, 216 at pre-construction stage

Publish date: Thu, 23 May 2024, 03:19 PM

ARAU, May 23 — As of March this year, a total of 694 projects to repair dilapidated schools have been completed, while another 216 projects are in the pre-construction stage nationwide, said Education Minister Fadhlina Sidek.

She said the Education Ministry (MOE) is working closely with various relevant agencies, particularly the Public Works Department, to ensure all projects can be completed according to the set timeline.

“We continue to improve the process from time to time. When the Madani government took over the administration, our main focus was to address the issue of dilapidated schools, which had not been properly resolved before.

“The solutions have been implemented well. We are working very quickly with the cooperation from other agencies,” she told reporters here today.

Earlier, Fadhlina attended the naming ceremony of Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Syed Hussein (formerly SMK Arau), graced by the Regent of Perlis Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Jamalullail.

She was asked to comment on the Johor State Assembly speaker Datuk Mohd Puad Zarkashi’s statement urging the MOE to eliminate bureaucracy and review the existing delivery system, particularly concerning the allocation for upgrading dilapidated schools.

According to Fadhlina, there is no issue with the process of upgrading dilapidated schools, as all projects are closely monitored and ensured to be completed according to schedule.

Regarding the issue of sexual harassment in school, she said the MOE has established a guideline to tackle the matter, not only at the school level but also at the state education departments and district education offices.

At the same time, the ministry has taken measures to strengthen the role of counselling teachers to provide psychosocial support to students and ensure a safe school environment.

“We also ensure that students have a trustworthy platform to share these issues, and most importantly, we look at what actions schools take when they become aware of or informed about such incidents,” she said.

Recently, Bukit Aman Criminal Investigation Department director Datuk Seri Mohd Shuhaily Mohd Zain was reported as saying that mental health problems among children are concerning, especially following the increase in sexual crime cases involving underage children. — Bernama

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