Hornbill Unleashed

January 4, 2013

Oldest secondary school in deplorable state

Joseph Tawie

A school in Sarawak is in such a deplorable condition that worried parents are doing ‘their own repairs to bunkers and lockers’ to ensure their children’s safety.

The conditions in Bau’s oldest secondary school, SMK Bau, are so deplorable that it is a threat to the safety of its 1,990 students, especially its 550 boarders.

Two blocks of hostels, housing mainly Form 1 male students, are found to be in wretched conditions with almost all the doors broken and without locks. Some of the rooms are without lighting.

“The hall ways and the staircases are without lights and borders will experience considerable difficulties if they have to make night-time visit to the lavatories which are located away from the hostels,” said Boniface Willy Tumek, PKR committee member of Mas Gading division.

Tumek, who visited the school two days ago, said that exposed and faulty wirings in these hostels are clearly visible and the hostel warden had written warnings next to these exposed electrical wirings to warn students of the danger.

“Some of the exposed wirings are located a mere two to three feet away from the top bunkers and from the head or feet of those students occupying the top bunkers.

“At the time of my visit to these hostel blocks, some concerned parents were doing their own repairs to the bunkers and the lockers,” he said.

Tumek said most of the students are from poor rural families who want their children to get a good education so that they can eventually break out of the poverty cycle.

“It is for that reason that the families are prepared to make the difficult decision of asking their children to leave the safety of their home and move to boarding houses.

“Unfortunately, the poor conditions at these hostels have become a source of great concern for the parents,” Tumek said, adding that another hostel block was uninhabitable and had to be completely sealed off.

As a result, the school had to scale back on the numbers of student borders this year.

“The school originally had places for 650 boarders but we’ve been forced to scale down to 550 students.

“This means about 100 students who are eligible for hostel accommodation at SMK Bau had to be sent to other schools, causing additional burdens to their families,” said Tumek, who is himself a former student of the school.

Ministry has no money

Meanwhile, the school administrators had admitted that it had been grappling with these problems for many years now.

Numerous submissions by the school to the Education Ministry for funds to enable them to do repairs and maintenance have been unsuccessful.

They had been informed by the ministry that it did not have any allocation for repairs and maintenance of school facilities.

The school authorities had also sought the assistance of the MP for Mas Gading Tiki Lafe and Tasik Biru state assemblyman Peter Nansian, but they too have not been able to assist the school.

“Our PKR division views these problems very seriously. If left unsolved, these problems will affect the academic performances of the students which in turn will lead to serious long-term social and economic problems for the affected families.

“We also call upon the elected representatives in the Bau and Lundu districts to look into these problems.

“The people they have pledged to serve should not be deprived of any of the basic necessities like decent schools, healthcare, clean piped-water, and electricity…” he said.

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16 Comments »

  1. great countries will not compromise on allocations for good education while uncivilized countries will always spend money blindly and foolishly..

    Comment by dayakthinker — January 7, 2013 @ 1:56 PM | Reply

  2. Look at the miserable education standard of Malaysia now as compared internationally. Malu lah Education Minister!

    Comment by sarawakian — January 5, 2013 @ 2:37 AM | Reply

  3. The government spent billions on other projects like the submarines purchase to receive huge personal commision and kickbacks. Some projects may be faked like the recent Deepak issues just for the money.Full of dirt and corruptions.A change for an honest government for good use of the people’s tax money is urgent. Ex-PM and family has US400 billion private wealth and yet no decent schools in the country! How to explain this?

    Comment by common sense — January 5, 2013 @ 2:22 AM | Reply

  4. Maybe Mr. Simon Japut Tiok (District Officer of Bau) can do something like put up the repairs under Minor Rural Project (MRP) especially under Amenity Social Project. Of course he has to work closely with the school administration & the respective Member of Parliament.

    Comment by Enchamboh — January 5, 2013 @ 12:28 AM | Reply

  5. Bet you that the education minister DON’T even KNOW HOW MANY SCHOOLS there are IN the Peninsular what more in East Malaysia… Off – hand , he wouldn’t be able to say how many there are without the assistance of a black and white report in front of him…wonder if this even occur to him…that..

    …He DON’T KNOW / NOT SURE : the number of schools nationwide breakdown to : SMK ? ( don’t know !), SMK Agama ( don’t know !), Malay schools (don’t know !), Mission Schools (don’t know !), SMK Cina (don’t know !), SMK Tamil (don’t know !), Independent Schools (don’t know !), International Schools (don’t know !), Arab Schools (don’t know !), Nursing schools (don’t Know ), Vocational Schools ( don’t know !), Medical Schools ( don’t know !), Special ( OKU ) Schools ( don’t know !), Colleges (don’t know !)

    …that he DON’T KNOW : WHEN these schools were established…that he is not sure how many MALAYSIANS are students…

    …that he has YET TO ‘TURUN PADANG ‘ for a walk-the-talk to these schools…to understand the challenges the students face daily…he doesn’t know…

    Bet you that he CAN’T even EXPLAIN the MEANING of Best schools / High – performance / Bistara …. and whatnots…!! Because he was NEVER QUALIFIED IN EDUCATION ! ! !

    But WE the People , KNOW it is time for us to do the sensible thing… KICK THEM OUT in the GE 13 so that MORE INTELLIGENT people CAN TAKE OVER THE EDUCATION MINISTRY THAT IS RIGHTFULLY OURS FROM THE BEGINNING…RIGHT to Education belongs to the people NOT bn/umno…

    Comment by teres6842550 — January 5, 2013 @ 12:02 AM | Reply

  6. Bau MP and ADUN members should be responsible for this deplorable condition of the school.

    Comment by terence — January 4, 2013 @ 6:23 PM | Reply

    • Both are useless … mesti ubah … vote for PR

      Comment by tigeryk — January 4, 2013 @ 7:07 PM | Reply

    • BN Sarawak and its chairman the paramount thief minister should be responsible for the deplorable condition of the school and for allowing education in Sarawak to been dictated by Putrajaya. Many mission schools do not have sufficient annual allocation for structural improvement and amenities. The Education Ministry even had the cheek to say that unless the properties on which mission schools are sited are transferred to the government, these mission schools will have to seek private funding for renovation and improvements to the schools. Some more established mission schools with more student population may receive a bigger grant not exceeding RM1,000,000 usually only when an election is looming. Thereafter the grants given are pittance.

      Comment by Mata Kuching — January 4, 2013 @ 7:42 PM | Reply

  7. Deplorable situation.Makes me feel ashamed to be a Malaysian .Wonder where the money has gone,the EDUCATION MINISTER IS ANSWERABLE.
    i HOPE THE MEDIA IF IT IS FAIR WILL GIVE SUFFICIENT COVER FOR THIS STORY AND SOME PHILANTROPHIST WILL CERTAINLY COME FORWARD TO IMMEDIATELY RECTIFY THE SITUATION.STUDENTS EDUCATION IS NOT THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE BN OR PKR,.ITS THE GOVERNMENTS ,SO YOU FLISY MEDIAS COME FORWARD AND HIGHLIGHT HIS PLIGHT.EVERY DECENT MALAYSIAN SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF THIS ISSUE AND STAND BY ME TO SOLVE THIS ISSUE,EVEN IF YOUR ARE SABAHAN,SARAWAKIAN OR PENINSULAR GUY .

    Comment by ashamed to be a malaysian on this issue — January 4, 2013 @ 2:10 PM | Reply

  8. The BN Government don’t know their priority. Few years back they paid MILLIONs to buy a passage for a seat to go to outer space for what. These MILLIONs could have been put to better use. The sad fact is that with all the Natural Resources that Sarawak has, all the monies are use to develop West Malaysia and Sarawak is totally ignored. But Sarawakian are stupid and will continued to Vote for BN in return for a few hundred bucks given .

    Comment by gagojackman — January 4, 2013 @ 12:41 PM | Reply

    • There are NO STUPID people only GREEDY people who DON’T KNOW WHEN TO STOP BEING GREEDY…so DO SOMETHING ABOUT THE CHIEF MINISTER…HE AND BN-umno ARE THE ONES WHO NEED TO BE KICKED OUT OF THE GOVERNMENT – period

      Comment by teres6842550 — January 4, 2013 @ 11:14 PM | Reply

  9. WE GET THIS SCHOOL REPORT CARD AFTER 50 YEARS OF “INDEPENDENCE IN MALAYSIA” & OVER $50 TRILLIONS OF OUR WEALTH STOLEN ?

    WHAT SORT OF PONZI MALAYSIA DEAL IS THIS?

    Comment by Anon — January 4, 2013 @ 10:55 AM | Reply

  10. Why all the good schools in Kuching and Sibu are not classified as high-performance schools … what the hell is going on?

    Comment by tigeryk — January 4, 2013 @ 10:28 AM | Reply

  11. Wah! Itu betul-betul sangat “bau” ! :shock:

    Comment by cinta tasik — January 4, 2013 @ 9:18 AM | Reply

  12. The education ministry under Muhyiddin has another focus High Performance School mostly in Malaya, Sarawak has only two of such schools SM Sains Miri and SK Ulu Lubai Limbang. Millions will be poured into these schools in the coming years. This is the result of wrong focus. Good schools are rewarded and other schools sidestepped!

    Comment by professor dee — January 4, 2013 @ 8:56 AM | Reply

    • Millions for WHO ??? Sarawakians’ heads would grow 3 times bigger if money was not stolen! So much for the Education BlueFilm !

      Comment by cinta tasik — January 4, 2013 @ 9:23 AM | Reply


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