Looks like the school board has decided not to waste time waiting. As for me, I had informed Deputy Minister P Kamalanathan, and according to him “Have been informed sir @mpoobalan am waiting for more details and will seek clarification as well.” (ref here).
Hopefully the school’s predicament does not become another disaster for MOE and MIC.
Giving way: St Joseph was built in 1924 on wooden stilts. Today, it still stands on the same wooden stilts.
THE board of governors of an 89-year-old Tamil primary girls school in Sentul, Kuala Lumpur will start an online campaign to push the government to build the promised new school.
SJK (T) St Joseph’s board of governors chairman Alice Fatimah said as a start, they would initiate a petition and obtain signatures from parents of children studying in the school as well as the public.
“We will also set up a Facebook page to create awareness on the campaign,’’ Alice said.
She expected that things would get moving after the school’s Sports Day on June 15.
“We will call for a meeting with the board to discuss details and mobilise the parents,’’ she added.
Alice said the board felt that relying on politicians alone to resolve the issue was not enough.There isn’t enough space for proper storage, not even for school files.
“We have had many politicians visit the school each time the matter was highlighted in the press, but nothing ever got done,’’ she said.
In January during the distribution of RM100 school assistance by then Deputy Federal Territories Minister Datuk M. Saravanan, parents had requested for a new building with proper facilities.
Following this, Saravanan announced the Government had allocated three acres of land in the Batu Muda people’s housing project (PPR) where the school would be relocated to.
He said the land belonged to the Education Ministry, and that it was ideal because it could accommodate a football field too.
Alice said there had been no news since.
Meanwhile, the Batu MIC division and its youth wing leaders have pledged to offer assistance and support for the online campaign.
Batu MIC division chairman Ramanathan Chinnu and youth chief D.R. Pala Kumaran have expressed their willingness to help the school board initiate the online campaign.
“This is a problem that involves the community and concerns the future of our children,’’ Pala said.
“I will push the authorities to speed up the procedures to secure the land promised to the school,” added Ramanathan.
St Joseph was built in 1924 on wooden stilts. Today, it still stands on the same wooden stilts. The school does not have a canteen, field, library, science lab or computer room.
Its pupils sit under trees during recess and have been doing their sports activities by the roadside.
In January, StarMetro reported that the owner of the land had asked the school to relocate.
The partially-aided school has five classrooms, 135 pupils and 15 teachers.