‘Build school before approval lapses’

Signed in 2013: Kuan showing a letter to request for another school in Kota Kemuning, which was signed by Najib.

THE Education Ministry has been asked to begin construction of the long-delayed SMK Kota Kemuning 2 (SMKKK2) in Shah Alam to accommodate the growing number of students in the township.

The Planning Approval for the new school was submitted by the ministry to the Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) on Feb 13 and was approved on April 13.

Kota Kemuning Residents Association’s SMKKK (2) building sub-committee member Kuan Chee Keong claimed that nothing was done after that.

“The approval will lapse after 60 days and we will have to go through the entire process again. We are pressed for time to ensure there is a school for students by 2017 at the very least,” he added.

Kota Kemuning residents have been wanting another school in the area to reduce the strain at the existing one that is now overcrowded.

SMK Kota Kemuning 1 (SMKKK 1) is the only secondary school there now and it was designed to accommodate only 1,800 students, but has 3,057.

An additional 800 students are expected in next year’s intake, said Kuan.

He said there were five feeder primary schools in the area that would send its students to SMKKK (1), totalling about 1,200.

He said this during a press conference with residents and Persatuan Prihatin Selangor in Kota Kemuning yesterday.

Kuan said they began petitioning for a new school in 2011 after noticing the increase in the number of student applications back then.

“We drafted a letter to the ministry and conducted a survey to validate our claims in 2011. In 2013, we met Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and he approved the school and even signed a letter for us,” he added.

Now SMKKK (1) had turned its laboratories into temporary classrooms to accommodate the growing number of students.

A new block with eight classrooms was also built to add to the existing 34 temporary classrooms in the school.

Kuan said amenities for students were scarce and students were forced to study in crowded and cramped classrooms with little ventilation.

Persatuan Prihatin Selangor chairman Allan Ang said Kota Kemuning had about 8,000 households excluding the new developments taking shape in the township.

Once people start moving into the neighbourhood the demand would increase, he said.

“Some parents are forced to send their students to Subang Jaya with the nearest school being about 15km away.

“The traffic congestion here at the exits of Kota Kemuning begins as early as 7am and parents are forced to rush out early to send their children to Subang Jaya,” he added.

The only other school nearby is SMK Jalan Kebun with about 3,000 students.

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