THE delay of a proposed additional secondary school in Kota Kemuning Shah Alam has parents and residents worried for their children's future.
SMK Kota Kemuning Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) chairman Charan Jeet Singh said the SMK Kota Kemuning (2) (SMKKK2) school building was supposed to be built by a private college in exchange for a land obtained from the Education Ministry.
“Since 2011, we have been pushing for a second secondary school here. Initially, the government approved construction of the school next to the SJKC Chung Hwa and this was supposed to begin operation in 2014,” he added.
At present, SMK Kota Kemuning is the only secondary school for six primary schools within the Kota Kemuning area.
“As the new school is not going to be ready by 2020, and the present school is running short of classrooms, we requested the education department to build an extra block,” he added.
He said a meeting was called between the Selangor Education Department, as well as the Klang district Education Department last November
The concerns they face include overcrowded classes, small canteen, insufficient toilets, lack of a proper hall and staff room as well as many residents unable to enrol their children in SMK Kota Kemuning as it is full.
The school also hoped that Shah Alam City Council could upgrade the surrounding of the school to ensure the safety and security of the students.
Charan Jeet said there was a need to have a systematic one-way traffic in front of the school and speed bumps.
“We are spending about RM20,000 of our PTA fund to employ Rela officers to manage the traffic which is very heavy.
“We can only afford to pay for the morning and afternoon services. In the evening, there are no Rela officers,” he added.
Charan Jeet said MBSA’s assistance could help resolve many problems outside the school.
For many years, the current SMK Kota Kemuning PTA chairman and MCA Kota Raja Wanita MCA chief Jackie Chew, who is also JPP Zone 26 (MBSA) chairman, had pushed for the school to be built.
Chew said she was disappointed that the second secondary school was delayed even though the land issue between the private college and the ministry had been resolved sometime back.
“Even Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak gave his approval to proceed with the construction in 2013,” she added.
Chew hoped that the Education Ministry would step in to ensure Klang District Education office proceeded with the building of the additional block in SMK Kota Kemuning as soon as possible.