A government polytechnical college for young women has been inaugurated in the northern state of Sabah by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak on Monday.
The institution will be located in the city of Sabang, where Prime Minister Najib’s family is based, and it will be run by the state government.
The new institution, called the Sabang Polytechnic College for Girls (SPCBG), was created under the state’s National Education Policy.
It is a joint venture between the government and the private sector.
The first grade Polytechnics College for Young Women (SPCWY) was established in 2013 and was also launched by Najib.
The SPCBG will be the first government polytech college for teenage girls to be established in Sabah, which is predominantly Muslim.
The university will have a total of 40 students, including 10 women, who will study in a special polytechnical building with a rooftop garden.
The college will also provide scholarships for girls who are studying in private schools, according to the state education department.
According to the Department of Education and Skills, the state had 3,723 girls aged between 12 and 17 attending schools in Sabang and 2,919 in Saban in 2016.
The state government has also invested a total USD 3.4 billion to create more than 10,000 new jobs in the region, including 3,400 construction jobs.
According the department, the average salary of an engineer in Sabans polytechnies was USD 1,800 in 2016, a 7 per cent rise from 2015.
The department also noted that Saban’s polytechnicians were the most educated in Sabak, and their salaries were also among the highest.
The government also plans to establish polytechnologies in Saba, Kedah, Sabang-Sarawak, Sarawak-Kamu and Sarawakh-Kembab in the coming years.
Last month, the government also launched the first polytechnICS College for Women in the country.