School running out of space

Little breathing space: The awning funded by the SMK Kota Kemuning (1) PTA for the comfort of students during assembly. However, the area is still not enough to accommodate more than 3,000 students.

OVERCROWDED and underfunded, Sekolah Menengah Kebang-saan Kota Kemuning (1), Shah Alam is in dire need of assistance.

The only secondary school in the growing township, SMKKK (1) as it is known to residents, is the top choice for the 3,000 households in Kota Kemuning because of its location.

The school currently has 3,057 students despite being built for only 1,800, and it is estimated that another 800 will join in 2016 as Form One students.

There are five feeder primary schools sending their pupils there since the nearest school, SMK Jalan Kebun, is equally crowded.

SMKKK (1) Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) chairman Charan Jeet Singh said the school had tried to cope with the increase in students by adding more classrooms.

He said the PTA had to use money from its funds for some amenities.

“We extended the hall (dewan terbuka) for students to assemble before they go to their classes, as there was not enough room for all. It was stuffy and hot,” he said.

The toilets, he added, were constantly clogged up and in a state of disrepair, and it was hard to maintain cleanliness because of the large number of students.

Charan Jeet said parents had been complaining about the toilets for a long time and the PTA had tried to repair and clean them often.

PTA vice-chairman Pauline Koo said they had spent some RM10,000 to repair the toilets.

“Some of the children even try to wait until they get back home to use the toilet because of the condition of the school toilets.

“This is the children’s health we are talking about,” she emphasised.

The canteen is also too small to accommodate the students during recess.

Traffic conditions have worsened outside the school, which is adjacent to SK Kota Kemuning.

The single lane is constantly congested as parents wait to pick up their children.

Earlier this month, the PTA submitted a traffic flow proposal to the Shah Alam City Council in an effort to ease congestion.

As a temporary measure, the school has built alternative gates at a cost of more than RM22,000 for children to exit after school.

“We should not be bearing the cost for all these amenities, it is under the ministry and Government.

“The PTA needs the money in our funds for other human development activities for the students,” said Charan Jeet.

The problem can only be resolved with the construction of the delayed SMK Kota Kemuning (2).

The construction of the second school was supposed to commence last year but nothing has been done despite the planning approval being issued on April 13 this year.

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