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No place for 553 Form one students January 5, 2009

Posted by wong jimmy in Uncategorized.

educationA total of 553 students were unable to enter any schools as there are no place for them at all the 12 schools in the district as the schools are full.


The sad thing is they will have to wait till end of the month after the education department here fix and iron out the space problems.


I visited the education department here and was told by Acting District Education officer Ahmad Rasyid and Schools Management officer Mohd Hj Nosu that at first there were 1,152 form students but after discussion with school principals the part of  the students were managed to be absorbed.


There are 4,145 space for form one students for the 2009 and there are 5,297 eligible from one students to be registered this year.


I was told the problem was known and steps such as cabin classes, ‘lightning projects’ at SMK Kinabutan were initiated but is yet to be completed. The 553 students do not include children from transferred government officers who are expected to register their children upon being transferred to Tawau. 


DAP Tawau branch complains bureau chairman James Leong, Teo Bun Ngee and me were swarmed with calls from desperate parents worried that their children would miss schools.


I am thankful for the 2.30pm appointment with the education department today so the matter could be clarified.


I was told the department will hold a meeting with all the school’s principal in the middle of the month and the 553 students would be able to be registered by the end of the month.


However, I am saddened this had happened, but we must resolve the problem and never let it occur again in future. Parents who were not well informed had been pleading to school’s principal to accept the children but turned away and this is a sad thing as the students will miss a month of education.


I urge everyone to poll their ideas to find a short term solution and not to let the students miss studies.


My idea is to let students attend any schools near their home and follow studies from outside classroom, a chair will do, at least they won’t loss much of the studies.



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