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Sumber: New Sabah Times ( 3 Okt 2009 )
KOTA MARUDU: The private sector can do a lot to help the goverment provide the much needed infrastructures for schools in the rural areas, said Datuk Dr Maximus Ongkili.
The Science, Technology and Innovation Minister said that education and rural development were placed under the goverment's six key result areas.
" However, the private sector should also chip in and help the goverment in its efforts to provide for the education of the rural schoolchildren.
"It does not take much for them to sponsor the infrastructures and basic amneities for the rural schools. The private sector not only will fulfil their corporate social responsibility but also complement effort and investment in human capital," he said.
Dr Maximus also said that schools in the rural, especially in Sabah and Sarawak, lacked infrastructure such as hostels which were much neede in villages where the schoolchildren have to walk for miles to get to their classroom.
"I myself was from a boarding school and i would not have been able to obtain high education if not tor the facilities that were made available," he added.
He pointed out tht due to their predicament, many rural schoolchildren ended up played truant or eventually dropped out of school.
The hostel in the rural school, he said, would greatly resolve the problem of distance between their homes and school, and enable them to concestrate on their studies.
Dr Maximus said this when he opened the Sk Koromoko rural hostel in kg Kromoko here yersterday. The school has 66 students.
The hostel was set up with a rm60,000 allocation by Taylor's University College while Dr Maximus fgorked out rm15,ooo for the fencing.
Meanwhile, he said he had approached in the private sector to help fund the setting up of hostel in rural schools in his parlimentary constituency of kota Marudu as the schoolchildren's education could no wait. Taylor's University college is also assisting in the building of another rural hostel for Sk Menggaris, while ECM Libra Foundation is assisting in building hostel for SK Lampada and SK Malangkap.
He said NGOs and private companies such as Alliance Bank and Pikom chipped in by sponsoring the food for the students while awaiting the handing over of the hostels to the Education Ministry.
"I applaud the private sector for doing their part in easing the problem of the rural schoolchildren in Kota Marudu," he said