For Immediate Release

Kuala Lumpur, 7 August 2015

Sorry State of School Points to a Need for School Autonomy

Kuala Lumpur, 7 August 2015 – The Borneo Post article (3rd August) on the dilapidated state of SK Bengoh is shocking if not worrying. The crumbling classrooms and infrastructure indicate the inefficiency of Ministry of Education’s delivery on the promises made in the Malaysian Education Blueprint.

IDEAS Senior Researcher with the Education Unit, Tamanna Patel says that, “The Blueprint proposes to empower state, district education departments and schools to customise solutions based on needs. The aim was to ensure basic infrastructure requirements are met by this year, beginning with Sabah and Sarawak. However, SK Bengoh is an example of the MOE’s failure to deliver, and makes you wonder how many other schools are suffering the same fate.”

“The school is also facing difficulties in preparing food for students. What happens to students who rely on these meals and are already hard-pressed to come to school everyday?”

“According to the article, despite having made 230 applications for infrastructure upgrades, only five of the Sarawak State Government’s applications were approved. This points to the need for greater decision-making powers for school leaders. The MOE should allow them to make budgetary decisions in order to fix such problems immediately.” she concluded.

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