Friday, 27 September 2019, Sematan -- “Terima kasih Pan Borneo. Terima kasih LBU. Terima kasih Samling”, said the students of SK Paun Temaga, Sematan, on the hand-over of a brand new school block and teachers’ housing yesterday.
Thanks to the Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak (“PBHS”) project, SK Paun Temaga is one 12 dilapidated schools across Sarawak included under a special corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme that all main contractors of PBHS have graciously agreed to take on.
With the completion of new building, students of SK Paun Temaga will move into their new school block next week, putting an end to studying in cramp and old classrooms.
According to SK Paun Temaga’s school principle Albert Anak Bujon, “We are short of classrooms. One of our classes even has to be divided into two to fit students of two classes. Thankfully we can now have proper dedicated classrooms for the students.”
There was also excitement at the spacious new 3-bedroom teachers’ housing. For Sopheena Nyowep who teaches English at the school, “I look forward to moving into this new teachers’ quarters from my current rented house in Lundu. This new house will be more convenient and definitely more comfortable.”
A simple yet meaningful hand-over ceremony at SK Paun Temaga primary school today was attended by officials from the Sarawak State Education Department, Samling Resources and Lebuhraya Borneo Utara.
For SK Paun Temaga, Samling Resources built one school block comprising 4 classrooms and one bungalow house as its contribution to the local community. Built at an estimated cost of RM1 million, construction took nine months.
SK Paun Temaga school was built in 1965. Today, most of the school facilities are old and run down. Yet, they try their best to operate within their means, as well as get the involvement of students’ parents in programmes. One such programme is beautification of the school compound in which each student is required to contribute one potted plant and to look after it.
SK Paun Temaga currently has 88 primary and kindergarten students from the surrounding Sematan area. Having consistently performed well academically, the school is included in the Government’s selected cluster schools programme for rural schools. Almost all students speak English. Walk around the school and see the walls filled with motivational messages of learning.
Under the “Usaha Murni Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak” CSR schools programme, to-date three dilapidated schools have received new facilities by our WPCs, namely SK Puak (Lundu) and SK Paun Temaga (Sematan) both by Samling Resources, as well as SK Kampung Buda (Betong) by Lebuhraya Borneo Utara.
Completion of two schools by Samling Resources demonstrates its commitment to fulfil an earlier promise to the Government of Sarawak, made in front of the Prime Minister of Malaysia, to assist dilapidated schools in the state.
Facilities in an additional three rural schools are being improved - at SK Sungai Buloh (Selangau) by Musyati - Mudajaya JV, at SK Engkabang (Roban) by PPES Works-Bina Puri JV and at SK Kampung Bulau (Subis, Miri) by Konsortium KPE.
The remaining PBHS WPCs are in the midst of planning their schools’ rebuilding programmes by working closely with the State Education Department and LBU.