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50 broadband towers for Sabah schools
Published on: Saturday, June 27, 2020
By: Yayasan Dalimpos
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Yusof (fourth right) presenting the face masks and hand sanitisers to SMK Entabuan.
Tenom: Some 50 broadband towers have been approved to benefit Sabah schools while another 115 are still under consideration, said Education and Innovation Minister Datuk Dr Yusof Yacob.

“The towers cater to 3G, and 4G systems,” he said after the presentation of face masks and hand sanitisers in SMK Entabuan.

These towers, he said, will involve a cost of RM400 million to construct.

“School students must be exposed to the internet as proficiency in it is important,” he said.

While the towers are important, he noted that there are limitations, in terms of internet or broadband coverage in rural areas.

“For example, the viral UMS Kudat student Veveonah who were shown facing internet connection problem (within her home area) and hence, why we continue to provide internet centres in villages as well as other programmes,” he said.

In the same breadth, Yusof reminded schools to obey the regulated standard operating procedures (SOPs) during teaching and learning sessions.

“During the Movement Control Order (MCO) period, we learn to adapt to the ‘new norm’ where Covid-19 has affected the lives, economy and social landscape of the people.”

Meanwhile, he said that only half of SPM school leavers in the State continued their studies to higher level while the rest were either unemployed or have secured employment.

“Actually there are many activities, courses or skills that they can acquire after completing the SPM.

“The State and Federal Governments are cooperating beyond its political differences as we want Sabahans to have education,” he said.

He reminded the students not to be selective when choosing careers and they should give entrepreneurship a chance.

“Schools should organise career talks by inviting school alumni to share their experiences during sessions,” he said. 

He also handed face masks and hand sanitisers to SM Chung Hwa in Tenom.

Also present was Tenom Education Officer Ridhuan Yusof.


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