PARENTS dropping off and fetching their children at the Chung Hua High School in Seremban can now expect smoother traffic flow following a RM700,000 donation from the Federal Government for the construction of an alternative access road.
Deputy Education Minister Datuk Chong Sin Woon, who personally handed over the cheque to the school board of governors head Datuk Ting Cheun Peng, said the contribution showed the government’s commitment in helping these schools.
“Although this is an independent school, the government immediately released the funds for the construction of an alternative road to reduce traffic congestion.
“I was told that it can take parents up to one hour to get in and out of the school as it has a big student population,” he said.
The school, built in 1913, has an enrolment of 2,800. Some 1,200 students board at its hostel.
Chong said the construction of the alternative road was also necessary as the school was planning to start the construction of a mini stadium costing RM2.5mil soon.
“The mini stadium with a synthetic rubber track will be built on a 4ha plot donated by the state government.
“Although the school has done well at state-level sports meets, it does not have proper sports facilities,” he said.
Chong also thanked Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan for giving the prime land to the school as well as a RM100,000 annual allocation.
“Such schools need all the financial help they can get as they have plans to build additional blocks and upgrade their facilities,” he said, adding that its students had also done well academically with 100% passes in Mandarin, English, Mathematics and Science in the recent SPM exam.
Ting thanked Chong and the Federal Government for the contribution.
“The school desperately needed funds to build the alternative road and we are grateful to the authorities for helping us out.
“We will start the project once our plans are approved by the authorities,” he said, adding that the new gate would be located about 700m from the existing school gate.
Later, Chong also presented a donation of RM10,000 each to the school and the Negri Sembilan Chinese Schools Council.