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SEKOLAH RAKYAT SARAWAK

SEKOLAH RAKYAT SARAWAK

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A group of people, including a lady teacher, had held a meeting at Kampung Bintangor, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia. The meeting had resolved to do something for the younger generation. This group believed that education was the only means by which the Malay commu- nity could advance in this modern era. To achieve this goal, the younger generation had to be sent to school. They had to be taught the rudiments of knowledge. But how could the younger generation achieve this objective when there was no school for them to go to?
A group of people, including a lady teacher, had held a meeting at Kampung Bintangor, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia. The meeting had resolved to do something for the younger generation. This group believed that education was the only means by which the Malay commu- nity could advance in this modern era. To achieve this goal, the younger generation had to be sent to school. They had to be taught the rudiments of knowledge. But how could the younger generation achieve this objective when there was no school for them to go to?

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HISTORY OF SEKOLAH RAKYAT
- by Haji Ahmad Zaidell Tahir,Published by:
The Malaysian Historical Society, Sarawak Branch, 1981/1982 
 THE ORIGIN OF THE SCHOOL
EKOLAH Rakyat, as the name signifies, is a public school for children of the Malay community in kampungs around Kuching. Like everything else, it has its origin, and amost interesting one, too. It all began at Kampung Bintangor some thirty seven yearsago.
 
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 A group of people, including a lady teacher,had held a meeting at Kampung Bintangor. The meeting had resolved to do something forthe younger generation. This group believedthat education was the only means by whichthe Malay commu- nity could advance in thismodern era. To achieve this goal, the youngergeneration had to be sent to school. They hadto be taught the rudiments of knowledge. Buthow could the younger generation achieve thisobjective when there was no school for themto go to? Owing to the mass resignation of teachers under Circular No. 9. (Anti Cession) theMaderasah Melayu had closed down. Where were they going to start a school if it was decidedto establish one at Kampung Bintangor? How were the teachers to be paid? All these points were pondered. Finally, all members decided to offer voluntary services to children of bothsexes who enrolled as initial pupils, in Datuk Temenggong’s house at Kampung Bintangor, on27th September, 1947. The school occupied this old building for about one year. Thedilapidated condition of Datuk Temenggong’s house forced the organizers to look for an alter-native building. Towards the end of l948, Haji Dahan kindiy granted permission to have hishouse used as temporary premises for Sekoláh Rakyat.However, it could not be housed there for a long period. Haji Dahan’s relatives who had arrived fromMalaya would occupy it for dwelling purposes. So it was left to Cikgu Othman Bin Haji Zainuddin, who was appointed Principal, and Cikgu Johari BinBojeng (two of the founders of the school), to look for an alternative classroom accommodation for thechildren so that their education could be continued. As fate would have it, Endilc Dahan B. Ahmadgenerously offered the use of the ground floor of his wife’s house when he was approached by these two men. His wife, Jaharah binti Haji Salleh,agreed with Encik Dahan that some assistance should be given so that the school could beproperiy established in due course. So from November 1947 onward, the school wasestablished at Encik Dahan’s house.
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Sekolah Rakyat 1947 — 1948: Rumah Datuk Temenggong, Kpg.Bintangor.Sekolah Rakyat: temporary premises (1948 1956). Thehouse of the late Pak Dahan, Kampung Bintangor.
 
 ADMINISTRATION OF SEKOLAH RAKYAT
Education was free for the children and so were the services of the teachers who had volunteered for the good cause. They unselfishiy supported the school and attended to itsadministration. Most of them were experienced teachers who had resigned from MaderasahMelayu. For three months they gave their services willingly, expecting neither allowance norpayment. Some of them even worked at night for their subsistence, so that they could be freeduring the day to take shifts in the four classes. Then it was decided that fees should becollected from the children so that some form of an allowance could be paid to the teachers fortheir unseffish work. Fifty cents were collected from each pupil in January, 1948. From thecollection, each of the teachers received $2.50. As the number of children increased, so did theallowances of the teachers. The school was not aided by the Government until 1951 when it received $80.00 per month,calculated at $20.00 per teacher, as there were four teachers serving in the school then. FullGovernment grant-in-aid to the school was not extended until 1956. From then on, theteachers’ salaries were bome by the Educa- tion Department. A $4.00 grant per pupil registeredin the school was also given. The following table (Table 1) shows the names of the headmastersof Sekolah Rakyat from 1947 to 1982: TABLE 1
Headmasters of Sekolah Rakyat from 1947 to 1982
HeadmasterYear
Cikgu Othman B. Hj. Zainuddin1947Cikgu Zain B. Satem (died 3.11.69)1956Cikgu Dolhan Hj. Paris (Asst.)1958Cikgu Kaderi Bin Wai1969Cikgu Abang Halik Simpo1972Cikgu Dayang Arninah Bt. Abang Fauzan1982
 THE BOARD OF MANAGEMENT
Sekolah Rakyat had a Board of Management consisting of persons whose voluntary contribution had made it possible for the school to exist with a reasonable degree of organizational stability. Table 2 on the following page shows the members of the Board of Management, serving in the capacity of supervisors, or committee members, as the case may be: TABLE 2
B
oard of ManagementYearNamePosition
1947Abang Zawawi Bin Haji LatipEncik Dahan Bin AhmadCikgu Lily EberweinCikgu Saufi Haji Gapor Cikgu Johari BojengAbang Boeng Bin Abg. AminEncik Sharkawi Bin OthmanSupervisor Committee Members
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Tuanku Madhi1952Encik Dahan Bin Ahmad Supervisor (died 17/8/56)1956Haji Ahmad Zaidell Bin Haji TahiAbang Annuar JauiniEncik Abdul Ghani WahedAbang Safuani JualniEncik Munir Gejek Encik Ails Bin MusaEncik Zain Bin SatemEncik Doihan Haji ParisEncik Jally B. HassanSupervisor Committee Members1959Haji Ahmad Zaidell TahiAbang Safuani JuainiHaji Su’ut Tahir Encik Abdul Ghani WahedEncik Munir Gejek Abang Annuar JuainiAbang Saufi Hj. Gapor Encik Jally HassanEncik Zen B. DahanAbang Muas SafuaniSupervisors1973Haji Ahmad Zaidell TahiHaji Mohd. Suaut Tahir Datuk A.H. Safuani B.A. JuainiAbáng Annuar B. Abg. JuainiHaji Munir B. Gejek Encik Abdul Ghani Hj. WahedEncik Jally Bin HassanAbang Muas Bin Datuk SafuaniSupervisor Managers
DEVELOPMENT OF THE SCHOOL
 The first step taken by the first School Management Committee in obtaining proper schoolpremises was through the purchase of a piece of land from Abang Haji Fadel at Jalan HajiBolhassan, Kuching. The land was bought from proceeds of a concert organised by the SchoolCommittee at the end of 1948. In addition to releasing the land cheaply to the school, Abang Haji Fadel also let a small piece of land adjacent to the school free of charge. The school progressed steadily over the years, and with an increase in the number of children,it was found necessary to remove some of the classes elsewhere. The Persatuan Kampung Masjid, Bintangor Dan Haji Taha (MBHT) came to the rescue and offered their concert hail forthe school to use. It was in 1949 that some higher classes transferred to Haji Taha Road, whilethe junior classes remained at Encik Dahan’s house at Bintangor until September of that year, when they were finally moved to Jalan Haji Taha.
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Illustration 1: Sekolah Rakyat: additional temporary premises (1952 — 1956). Concert Hall belonging to the MBHT,Jalan Haji Taha.

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