TONTON ASTRO AWANI

PENGUNJUNG SETIA

19 November 2009

'UPGRADE BUT NOT ON EXISTING FACILITIES'

WELL-maintained school facilities will help pupils to achieve excellence. Menteri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman said the state government was always monitoring the condition of schools.
Menteri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman (left) launching the school’s new building. — Picture by Shahrul M Zain
Menteri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman (left) launching the school’s new building. — Picture by Shahrul M Zain

He said it was the government's priority to ensure that schools had the necessary facilities.

However, he said the upgrading of schools should not come at the expense of existing facilities. For instance, he said, school fields should not be sacrificed to build halls or classrooms.

"I disagree with any plan to build on school fields because it would affect the pupils' activities," said Ghani at the launch of a new building at Sekolah Kebangsaan Simpang Lima Darat, Bukit Gambir, near Ledang recently.

The four-storey building which cost RM2.3 million has a hall, office, staff room, skills room, surau, classrooms and laboratories.

The building was completed earlier this year and can accommodate 170 pupils.

The school's pupils come from three villages -- Kampung Simpang Lima Darat, Kampung Parit Bunga Raya Hujung and Kampung Parit Pulai.

The school's wooden building was built in 1946 and could only accommodate 60 pupils when it opened.

Ghani also urged parents to steer their children away from social ills so that they could achieve success in their studies.

Also present during the ceremony were state Education Department director Sufa'at Tumin, Ledang member of parliament Hamim Samuri, Gambir state assemblyman M. Asojan and Ledang district officer Amran Abdul Rahman.

SOURCE: NST JOHOR STREETS, NOVEMBER 19, 2009

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