SJKT Kg Jebong Lama is a container!

January 4th, 2008 by poobalan | View blog reactions Leave a reply »
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Where classroom is a hot container

By : M. Husairy Othman


Pupils of SJK (T) Kampung Jebong Lama in Simpang near Taiping in their ‘makeshift’ classroom.

TAIPING: SJK (T) Kampung Jebong Lama in Simpang may have the smallest "class" in the country.

Pupils of SJK (T) Kampung Jebong Lama listening intently to their teacher despite their less-than-perfect surroundings.

Measuring six metres by three metres, the container has been used by students since 2002 due to a shortage of classrooms.

Despite the subsequent construction of a two-storey block with four classrooms, the school with an enrolment of 56 students still does not have enough built-up space.

Students have to alternate between the classrooms and another in an adjoining wooden building and the container. Those using the container can only do so until 11am as the heat gets unbearable after that.

When this happens, they adjourn to the canteen to resume their lessons.

The 74-year-old school has three containers donated by former Kuala Sepetang assemblyman Datuk Siew Kok Kan with the other two used as a storeroom and a resource centre.

Kuala Sepetang assemblyman See Tean Seng has agreed to donate air-conditioners for the containers.

It is also learnt that the federal government has approved a RM550,000 allocation for the construction of a new block of classrooms.

For those using the container, classes boil down to sitting cross-legged on plastic mats with low wooden tables for writing.

Two stand fans offer a brief respite from the sweltering heat.

Despite the less-than-perfect learning conditions, students met by the New Straits Times yesterday were generally happy.

M. Vaanmaly, 8, said that it was quite hot in the container.

"It's a bit hot, tapi boleh la," the Year Two student said.

Year One students T. Shavin and M. Hemadarsiny were happy to be able to make new friends.


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