587 dilapidated Sabah schools to be upgraded in stages

KOTA KINABALU (Bernama) – A total of 587 dilapidated schools in Sabah will be upgraded in stages depending on the state’s financial situation, State Education and Innovation Minister Datuk Dr Yusof Yacob said yesterday.

He said the schools were among the 707 wooden or old schools in Sabah that needed repairs.

A total of 120 dilapidated schools in Sabah were upgraded last year, he added.

“If we do not take action, we (Sabah) will be far behind in terms of learning environment, infrastructure, learning facilities and ecosystems.

“However, the upgrading of these schools is dependent on (government) finance, but it (the financial situation) is not an excuse and we must look at it as a priority so that it can be resolved,” he told reporters at the Christmas Open House organised by Parti Warisan Sabah.

Also present were Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal, who is also Warisan president, and his wife Datin Seri Shuryani Shuib and other party leaders.