Muhyiddin visits SJKT Ladang Bukit Jalil

April 24th, 2009 by poobalan | View blog reactions Leave a reply »
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Today’s papers splashed photos of DPM Muhyiddin who is also Education Minister visiting two schools yesterday. One of the schools is the controversial SJKT Ladang Bukit Jalil. This is a school which have been flooded 13 times over since 2007, and its new site was proposed to be next to cemetery. This is the school where parents chipped in to hire contractor to widen a drain.  The Ex MP also cried after visiting this school. And, last but not least, this is the school that was missing from KL City Master Plan.  Yup, THAT school.

The people living there were given eviction notices, and the school given a plot of 0.4 ha only, that too to be shared with the temple.

Utusan mentioned that Muhyiddin asked some changes to b made to the building plans so that it can accommodate 200 students in 2011 intake. The school has 90 student now, and the new building is expected to cost RM2 million. The 70-years old school will be rebuilt on government land in 18 months, in time for the new intake in 2011. At that time, it will be a fully-aided school. So, is it still going to be built next to cemetery, on a small piece of land? Anyone already briefed new Education Minister about this? That’s because he announced that the school will be build on City Hall land, measuring a smaller 03.ha area while Star quoted 0.4ha.

SJK (T) Ladang Bukit Jalil headmistress Tamilselvi Suppiah said the 75-year-old school was originally built on estate land, and had six classrooms for 92 pupils from Years One to Six, and 14 teachers.

“Our enrolment figures started to drop after the school was affected by floods 13 times in the last two years,” she said.

Anyway, with current interest for parents to enrol in Tamil schools, 200 places will not be enough for SJKT Ladang Bukit Jalil in two years time.  The area is surrounded by townships that has significant number of Indian families. So, we will be back to square one – lack of facilities and overcrowded school.

The point is, if do things, do it properly. Research the suitability of the location for school. Do some study on future needs and then do the allocation.


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