Remote P’pang school gets a computer lab
Published on: Thursday, August 22, 2019
By: Lorena Binisol
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Penampang: Six units of new computers were donated to SK Tampasak, Togudon’s (a rural school in Penampang) computer lab from Member of Parliament Penampang office recently. 

The RM15,000 cost of setting up the computer lab was in collaboration with Medan Quantum Sdn Bhd and Perniagaan Shirba Sdn Bhd under their CSR programme.

They also donated one unit of printer, six sets of tables and chairs for the lab.  It is the first computer lab for the school.

MP Penampang office which was led by Pritchard Gumbaris, Political Secretary of Datuk Darell Leiking said, in this digitisation era, no one should be left behind when come to learning about information technology.

“In developing a country, it depends very much on its population. Therefore, we need to nurture our children with appropriate learning tools for the development of our country.

Learning basic computer at young age is a good foundation to enable them to ensure their continuous learning curve, and never deprive anyone of education,” said Pritchard on behalf of Darell.

The school administrative & curriculum head of unit Wity Johnny expressed her gratitude and appreciation for assisting the school in setting up the computer lab said it would definitely increase the skills and knowledge of its primary school students.

Dora Engchuan, the MP communication officer disclosed that the assistance rendered derived from the needs of the respective schools or organisations.  The centre would assess the requests and evaluate whether the assistance would give a good impact to the community or the end users.

“In the case of this primary school, we are obliged to render our assistance as we see there are greater needs to help our young children in terms of learning.  

Citizens with knowledge and skills are assets to the country which help flourish the nation accordingly,” said Dora.

Meanwhile, Wity informed that it is the school’s first computer lab and grateful that the rural students could now have the opportunity to add another skills in their learning activities.

Pritchard added that whether the students are from rural or urban areas, their needs are all the same and acquire the same learning process, he emphasised.

Also present at the handing over of the computers sets were Parent-Teacher Association Chairman Gwendolin Gomisin; Year 3 to Year 6 students and their teachers.

On a related matter, 35 hostellers are not able to stay in the school hostel as the building faced danger due to landslide occurred along its structure.

The landslide was discovered on June 9 this year and immediately instructed to vacant the building thereafter.

The hostel which is located at the edge of the hilly area in the school premise, posed danger threats to the hostellers, according to the school’s teachers.

“Due to safety reason, 35 of our students have no choice but to stay at their far away home from school.  

At the moment, there are 4 of them share the place at the teacher’s quarters and the rest have no choice but to walk miles away to school everyday,” said Melissa Regis, the school senior assistant. 

Dora was informed that JKR in the federal unit had come to inspect the matter and now awaiting the official investigation report of the same.

She hoped immediate action could be taken by the authority concerned so that students from far way areas would not have hassle to attend school.


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