The education ministry is doing all it can to solve the problem of sekolah tumpang or secondary schools which use the same space as primary schools – an issue involving 23 schools in Sabah, says Education Minister Radzi Jidin.
He said 20 schools had received a RM706 million allocation for building construction, while efforts to find funds for three more schools continue.
“Sabah has more sekolah tumpang than any other place. It is an infrastructure challenge for the ministry.
“The ministry will focus on schools that are not finished on schedule. The most important thing is that our children get a first-rate learning facility,” he told reporters after officiating the new SMK Libaran building yesterday.
Radzi said the school, which has 597 pupils and was one of the 23 sekolah tumpang, had co-existed with SK Sungai Padas, a primary school 3km away, for over 22 years.
Located 25km from Sandakan, SMK Libaran will start welcoming students from Form One to Five to its new building on July 1.