School needs aid to build new block

Warm reception: SMK Convent Green Lane students greeting Yap (centre) at the school. Accompanying her is Loke.

SMK Convent Green Lane is appealing to the public to donate generously towards the school’s new two-storey building fund.

Its building committee chairman Dr Manjit Kaur said the school needed RM1.7mil for the new block as the present one was insufficient to cater to the growing number of students.

“We started the fund four years ago and have collected RM1mil so far.

“However, we still need at least RM700,000 for the new block and another RM373,000 for the facilities at the language lab,” she said during the ground breaking ceremony recently.

She said the school was still waiting for the approval of a RM500,000 allocation for the new block and RM300,000 for the facilities of the language lab from the Federal Government.

The new school block will house four classrooms, an art room, a needlework room, language lab, meeting room, the school office, principal office, senior assistants office, printing room, file room, exam management room and seven toilets.

The construction is scheduled to be completed at the beginning of next year, provi-ded the school has collected sufficient funds.

Deputy Education Minister I Datuk Mary Yap said annually the Government would allocate RM50mil towards missionary schools for development.

“The money will be channelled straight to the boards of directors but the schools are required to hand in their monthly reports to the Ministry on the development of the projects for audit purposes,” she said.

She said the Ministry had also increased the monthly utility bill subsidy from RM2,000 to RM5,000 to ease the burden of the schools.

SMK Convent Green Lane principal Loke Bee Keow said with the new block the school would help realise its dreams of becoming a leading national secondary school.

“Due to our high enrolment rate, our classes have exceeded their capacity.

“We’ve to convert special rooms like the needlework room and art room into floating classrooms,” she said.

She said the new building would reduce the number of students from 40 students to an ideal 35 in each classroom.

Also present were state Education Department director Datuk Osman Hussain, northeast district Education Department director Abdul Rashid Abdul Samad, the land owner’s representative The Society of Saint Maur Sister Lucy Theseira, the school’s board of governors chairman Yeoh Loy Cheow and parent-teacher association chairman Dr Balasandran Ramiah.

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