A boon for students
KUCHING: The establishment of the Sarawak Matriculation College or Kolej Matrikulasi Sarawak (KMS) temporary centre located at SM Teknik Sejingkat was aimed to overcome the studying hassles and logistic costs faced by the students.
Minister of Welfare, Women, and Family Development Datuk Hajah Fatimah Abdullah said that before, the matriculation students needed to follow the programme at Kolej Matrikulasi Labuan because it was the nearest campus.
“Therefore, this temporary centre will be able to overcome the problem faced by the students and at the same time able to cut cost.
“The centre has received 89 students throughout the state since starting the operation on 26 May this year,” said Fatimah.
She said this to the media after receiving the courtesy visit from the college delegation at her office, here yesterday.
According to Fatimah, the number of the students is expected to increase to 160 when the second phase of the temporary campus project is complete by December next year.
The tender for the project will be issued in September this year and the project includes the building of one building block for academic and administration purposes.
Meanwhile the first phase of the temporary centre at SM Teknik Sejingkat has been completed this year at the cost of RM4.7 million under the renovation and the building project of the new block of the school.
Speaking about the permanent campus for state matriculation college, Fatimah said that, they were still waiting for the result from the High Learning Ministry.
She also added that she was not able to speak further on this matter before joining a meeting with the federal government.
The Minister said that more than 95 per cent of Kolej Matrikulasi Labuan’s students were able to further their studies at higher learning institutions in the country.
Also present at the visit were the Head of Mathematics Department for KMS James Tiri Maran and KMS Ikhtisas Literature Department Head Mohd Mahyuddin Mohd Nordin.
In an unrelated matter, Fatimah urged the low income group to grab the opportunity to apply for the assistance offered by the government to the parents who register their children in a nursery which was registered under the Welfare Department.
She said that parents would be able to enjoy many benefits should they send their children to the registered nursery.
“The low income parents will be able to receive RM 180 subsidy for the registration fees per child at any nursery registered under the Department.
“Their children also will be able to enjoy first class facilities as all the facilities in the registered nurseries are safe and have high quality,” said Fatimah.
She said this when met by the media in her office at Baitulmakmur at Petra Jaya, here yesterday.
According to Fatimah also, this was part of the government effort to ease the burden of the low income parents who need to cover the nursery cost.
She also stressed that the quality of the facilities provided in the nursery had been proven where the department did not receive any complaint or injury cases reported against the nurseries.
Therefore, the Minister urged all newly-opened nurseries in the state to be registered with Sarawak Welfare Department as a way to receive the benefits from the department.
The One Stop Registration Centre also had been formed by the department to accommodate the nursery operators to register their premises with the department. Apart from providing the registration for the established nursery in workplace, the department also opened the opportunity for the home and community level nurseries to register.
Fatimah said this was to ensure the children will receive good supervision and up to June this year the state had 140 registered nurseries.