SANDAKAN: The Education Ministry is allocating RM70 million for the construction of the Sabah Malaysian Arts School in the Sabah Education Hub.
The ministry’s director of curriculum and arts, Rozaimun Ahmad said the Sabah government had allotted a 40 acre site for the purpose.
He said the proactive action clearly reflected the Sabah government’s willingness to have an arts institution to promote the state’s culture to greater heights.
The Malaysian Arts School in Sabah will be the fourth in the country, after Johor, Sarawak and Kuala Lumpur, he said at the launch of the Arts Education programme by Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman at Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Elopura Bestari near here today.
Rozaimun said the arts education programme at SMK Elopura was in line with the Malaysian Education Development Plan for 2023 to 2025 to transform the country’s education system.
He said four programmes would be offered at the art school, namely music, dance, visual and theatre.
The construction of the art school in Sabah, he said, would accommodate the increase in the number of students in Sabah who were keen to enroll at the school.
In 2013, 129 students from Sabah applied to enroll at the school, and the number increased to 280 in 2014, while last year, 820 students applied, he added.