Students are renting rooms because the hostel is not ready yet

Joniston after distributing food parcels to villagers and students in Kampung Ranap.

KIULU (January 17): The Ministry of Education (MoE) is urged to fast-track approval of a long-delayed hostel project for SMK Tun Fuad Stephens here.

Kiulu Assembly Member Datuk Joniston Bangkuai said the proposed hostel, which could accommodate up to 80 people, is only awaiting MoE consent to begin construction.

The school’s Parent Teacher Association (PIBG) sent a letter to Sabah’s Department of Education, which was then forwarded to the Ministry of Education, but they still haven’t received a response after a year.

“This shouldn’t have happened because most of the students come from remote villages and low-income families.

“As the hostel is not open, these students are forced to rent rooms in the villages just to be close to their school,” Joniston said after distributing food parcels to villagers and Kampung Ranap students here on Sunday. .

He said rural students have just as much potential as their urban peers and their abilities should be developed rather than limited.

He added that the government must play an effective role in providing quality and equitable education by meeting the specific needs of rural students and ensuring that they have easy access to learning.

Joniston, who is also Sabah’s deputy minister for tourism, culture and environment, advised students, especially those soon to take exams, to study hard and persevere despite their difficult backgrounds.

“I don’t come from a wealthy family, so I understand the challenges students face. However, we shouldn’t use this as an excuse to skip or drop out of school. Instead, these challenges should encourage us to do better and work harder.

“Hard work is the key to success. Focus on your studies and make your family proud. Seeing how hard your parents work to get you to school, you have to keep in mind that one day you will return the favor.

Appreciate their sacrifices,” he said.

He encouraged Kiulu schoolchildren to continue to cultivate a passion for learning as they could become role models not only for their community but also for the state and the country as a whole.

During the event, Joniston also distributed food parcels to San Damiano Girl’s Hostel, Monfort Youth Training Center San Damiano Boy’s Hostel, and Good Shepherd Services.

A group of businessmen led by Collin Tan were in Kiulu to undertake charitable activities in conjunction with Chinese New Year celebrations. They donated food parcels and other basic necessities.

Linda G. Ibarra