Two new blocks costing RM58.8m for IPG Gaya
Published on: Friday, August 23, 2019
By: Anthea Peter
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KOTA KINABALU: The Gaya Teachers Training Institute (IPG Gaya Campus) here is set to have a new administrative building. 

Deputy Education Minister Teo Nie Ching said RM58.8 million has been allocated for the project, which will start work as soon as possible.

“The project, which has been approved by the Ministry of Education (MOE), will include a six-storey administrative block and another block which will have an auditorium and a multipurpose hall that can accommodate 1,500 people. 

“The construction will occupy seven acres of government land and is expected to be completed by March 15, 2021,” she said during a site visit, Thursday. 

Teo said the new buildings will benefit more than 700 students as the current IPG campus, which was built in 1963, is in an unfavourable condition.

“A big part of this campus was constructed with the use of sea sand and this has caused serious fractures in the beams and poles at the administrative block,” she added.

Teo said the project was initially under the MOE but had been handed over to the Public Works Department (JKR).

“The decision to hand over the project was made at the MOE level.

“JKR has all the industry experts that can help ensure that the project will not be delayed or abandoned,” she said. 

Teo said two main issues that are attributed to the delay of projects are untimely delivery of raw materials and problems with construction workers. 

“We hope that under the supervision of JKR, these issues can be tackled well. The most important is it is not delayed.”

Asked whether more funding will be allocated to the State Government for the repair of schools in poor condition, Teo said there will be an allocation. 

“However, certain details need to be worked out first before making a formal announcement on the budget,” she said.

Meanwhile, State Education and Innovation Minister Datuk Dr Yusof Yacob said the IPG project is long awaited since 2004.

“We need to speed things up. I know how the people feel, including the educators and those in universities, colleges, primary and secondary schools…we need this infrastructure,” Yusof said. 

Also present were Kota Kinabalu MP Chan Foong Hin and IPG Director Gerturude Jock. 


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