KUALA KRAI, 2 June 2009: Some 58,000 students who will be placed in 58 secondary schools nationwide next year might not be able to study in comfort, Deputy Education Minister Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi said today.
He said this was because the appointed contractors had failed to complete the school buildings on time.
“From the 128 secondary school building projects nationwide, 58 will not be completed within the agreed timeframe,” he told reporters after meeting 200 educationists here today.
Mohd Puad said the government had also identified nine primary school building projects that were behind schedule for various reasons, including financial problems.
He disclosed how a construction company that was given a contract to build 26 schools worth RM300 million failed to complete 22 of the projects within the given time.
Hence, he said, contracts given to companies which failed to complete the projects soon would be terminated.
“We will not compromise anymore. We have given them enough time. Why should we extend their contracts?
“We have enough evidence that the contractors, with unreasonable excuses, have failed to complete the school building projects within the given time,” he said. — Bernama