Kota Marudu Member of Parliament

Hostel joy for rural pupils

KOTA KINABALU: Pupils of Sabah’s interior SK Timbang Batu in Kota Marudu district will not have to walk for kilometres to go to school any more with the construction of a new hostel.

The 50-bed hostel donated by the Al Bukhary Foundation, a non-governmental organisation, will benefit pupils who live far from the school located about 120km from the state capital.

Its adviser Datuk Seri Abdul Aziz Shahar hopes to see the academic performance and attendance of the pupils improve after they move into the hostel.

“From what we gather, there are quite a number of pupils at this school who walk for miles to attend classes.

 

“I was also made to understand that many of them skip classes when the weather is bad and have no interest to attend co-curricular activities as the walk is too long,” said Abdul Aziz.

He opened the hostel with Energy, Green Technology and Water Mini­ster Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili.

He said the foundation, which had taken up education as one of its causes and started building hostels for schools more than 20 years ago, was pleased to be able to expand its charitable work to Sabah.

Dr Ongkili, also the Kota Marudu MP, commended the foundation members for their efforts in helping rural children.

“We hope more people will emulate this and help needy children,” he said.

Apart from the new hostel, SK Timbang Batu’s 332 pupils also received school bags and uniforms during the event.

 

Source - The Star