TAWAU — Aug 17. 2018: Sabah is now asking the federal government to provide autonomy to the state on education so that it can do things more efficiently.
According to state Education and Innovation Minister Datuk Dr. Yusof Yacob, this proposal has been discussed with federal Education Minister Dr. Maszlee Malik.
“Sabah needs to make autonomous decisions (on education), not because we want to confront the federal government but because we want Sabah rights on this to be well managed and discharged.
“We need the autonomy to make decisions. Our policies are still in line with the decisions of the federal education ministry until 2035,” said Yusof after a visit to the district education office today.
On his visit to a school in Long Pasia, Sipitang, which lacks basic facilities, Yusof said the school was built under the industrialised building system but its construction did not meet the requirements set for schools.
“There is a dormitory but there are no toilets and bathrooms and while there is a building with classrooms, there is no staff room nor an office.
“This is one of the reasons why I want autonomous power for Sabah because our officers know exactly what is required,” he said.
Yusof added that the federal government has allocated RM500 million this year to upgrade 120 schools in Sabah. — Bernama