Friday, August 15, 2014

School without water baffles Baru

by Jonathan Chia, Posted on August 15, 2014, Friday
KUCHING: Ba Kelalan assemblyman Baru Bian is shocked that a primary school in Lawas, SK Long Sebangang, is still facing water supply problem.

According to Baru, who visited the school recently, water supply is a big problem in the school, as the school, which is located less than 10 kilometres away from Lawas town, is not connected to the main pipe.

“They have new water pipes connecting Long Sebangang to Lawas yet the school, which is a new primary school that was relocated from the old location in the 1990s, is not connected to the main pipe,” he told a press conference here yesterday.

Baru, who is state PKR chairman, said water tanks are available in the school but are not filled with water.

“I was told they pump water once in a while into the tanks. The absence of water supply had caused problem with the cleanliness of the toilet in the school.”

He said students staying in the temporary hostel in the school were afraid to go to the toilet located far away at night.

“As a result of that, they would just sometimes pee in the hostel and some even would pee in their sleep.”

Besides SK Long Sebangang, Baru said the teachers and students in SK Long Tuma, also in Lawas, are hoping that the government would upgrade the school’s wiring system to three-phase.

“SK Long Tuma is an old school and they still have single phase wiring system. So they are asking if it is possible for the government to change the wiring into three phase wiring system.”

He said the students and teachers in the school were very worried that the whole system might not be able to accommodate the flow of electricity current, adding that they had even written to the Education Department and were still waiting for response.

After visiting many schools in the interior, Baru said the common disadvantage faced by the schools was their computer rooms were not installed with air conditioners.

“That is not conducive to maintain the computers. They should have fully air conditioned rooms.”

During his visit to the schools, Baru said he donated footballs and jerseys to the students, besides highlighting the issue of drug abuse in the area to the people.

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