The proposed hostel for SMK Tun Fuad Stephens in Tuaran has long been delayed. (Photo: Facebook/SMK Tun Fuad Stephens)
Tuaran: The Department of Education has given the go-ahead to build a long-proposed hostel for SMK Tun Fuad Stephens in Kiulu here. Deputy Education Minister Datuk Mohamad Alamin learned of the case after reading about the students’ plight in the media. “When I read about the delay in approving the construction of the hostel raised by Kiulu Assemblyman Datuk Joniston (Bangkuai), I immediately requested the Department of Education to look into the question,” Mohamad said in a statement.
He said this during a visit to SK Giok in Kampung Giok here on Saturday. His visit included an inspection at the proposed location for SMK Nabalu’s new building, which is next to the primary school. Also in attendance were Joniston, Deputy Director General of Education Datuk Pkharuddin Ghazali and Director of Education of Sabah Datuk Dr Mistrine Radin. During the visit, Joniston also personally broached the subject and spoke to Pkharuddin and Mistrine about it. “Following our discussion, they recognize the need for the hostel. Rural students would greatly benefit from this development as it would ease the burden of schoolchildren who live far from their schools. “Once the construction is done and completed, it will benefit 80 students, who will no longer be forced to rent rooms to villagers,” Joniston said.
In a news article dated January 27, Joniston had urged the Ministry of Education to quickly approve the long-delayed SMK Tun Fuad Stephens hostel project. Last year, the school’s Parent Teacher Association (PIBG) sent a letter to the Sabah Department of Education. The letter was also forwarded to the Ministry of Education, but no response was received. Due to the lack of a hostel, many rural students were forced to take rooms in the houses of neighboring villagers to be close to their school.
Following the problems encountered by the students, Joniston also offered to help ease the burden by helping with the payment of the rent for the student room. * Follow us on Instagram and join our Telegram and/or WhatsApp channels for the latest news you don’t want to miss.
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