School Specialising In Arts To Be Set Up In Sabah Next Year

BEAUFORT, Sept 18 (Bernama) — Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said a secondary school specialising in the arts would be set up in Sabah, next year.

He said the plan to build the school with a budget allocation of more than RM70 million was included in the 11th Malaysia Plan (11MP).

Mahdzir said Sandakan was the ministry’s chosen location to develop the secondary arts school.

“The curriculum at the secondary arts school will be the same as a normal school, but it focuses in the arts.

“It is one of the initiatives, to provide artistic skills including aspects of management in the field,” he said after a gathering with teachers and students of SMK Gadong, here, today.

Mahadzir is a former principal of SMK Gadong and served for three years from 1990.

He said so far, such secondary schools had been established in Kuala Lumpur, Johor Baharu and Sarawak.

In a related development, Mahdzir said he was confident the federal government would allocate funds for the development of education in Sabah in the 11MP as there were still schools that needed to be improved and upgraded.

He said the development of education in the state would be carried out in a holistic and comprehensive manner. There will be an emphasis on critical infrastructure in schools such as teachers’ quarters and hostels, whether in urban, rural or remote areas, including the 63 schools located on the islands.


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