Wednesday January 9, 2013
SK Pulau Seduku to be relocated
KUCHING: The relocation of SK Pulau Seduku to a new site at Kampung Baru Seduku in Sri Aman division is not due to the threat of crocodiles but low pupil’s population.
Deputy Education Minister Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi said a survey found that the school should be moved as hardly anyone lives in Pulau Seduku.
“There are only six houses there which are still inhabited while the rest are empty,” he said after an official visit to SK Pulau Seduku.
“The school only has 17 pupils from Year One to Year Six and 11 teachers, including headmaster Mohd Sepian Abang Daud.”
According to Puad, teaching and learning at the school was affected by the lack of population as well as the poor condition of the school buildings.
He added that lack of water supply was another reason why the school should be moved.
“I understand that the school uses reverse osmosis besides storing rain water.
“As such, we have identified a new site for the school at Kampung Baru Seduku, which is a new settlement for the people of the area,” he said.
Earlier news reports said that the school faced the threat of crocodiles during high tide when the Batang Lupar overflowed into its compound.
“The issue of crocodiles is not a factor in the school’s relocation, although it is close to the reptiles’ habitat.
“Rather, it is because the school’s surroundings are no longer suitable for students and teachers,” Puad said, adding that students would not have to travel by boat across the river to reach the school after it was relocated.
He said there were two approaches which could be taken for the school’s relocation, including utilising the third rolling plan of the 10th Malaysia Plan, which would take a long time.
“The second way is through a special project plan, whereby we would use the Light Building System (LBS) to put up the new buildings in three to four months,” he added.