SEVERAL low-enrolment primary schools in George Town are expected to see a rise in the number of pupils upon the completion of a few high-rise developments in the area.
Citing the state’s affordable housing project in Jalan S.P. Chelliah as an example, Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said the number of pupils would surely increase once the people start moving into the new housing development.
He said the number of pupils studying in primary schools in George Town declined because families began to move out from the city.
He added that many people moved to Bandar Baru Ayer Itam, Tanjung Tokong, Tanjung Bungah, Sungai Ara and Bayan Baru.
“Once the high-rise developments are ready in George Town, we will definitely see people returning here.
“One housing project in Jalan S.P. Chelliah is expected to obtain its Certificate of Completion and Compliance between June and August.
“I believe more pupils will then enrol in schools such as SJKC Eng Chuan and SJKC Sum Min which have seen a shrinkage in the number of pupils over the years,” he said.
Chow was speaking to reporters after witnessing Japan’s printer maker Epson presenting RM40,000 worth of teaching equipment to SJKC Eng Chuan at Lebuh Katz recently.
Headmistress Lim Lay Choon said the school had 53 pupils and 10 teachers.
“Despite the small number of pupils, we want to provide good education.
“We thank companies like Epson for their contribution,” she said.
Epson Malaysia managing director Daisuke Hori said Epson’s EB-695Wi interactive projector would replace the whiteboard in the school.
“This projector allows interactive learning experiences.
“Modern classrooms, equipped with interactive tools can free students and teachers from the traditional learning environment,” he said.
Also present were Pengkalan Kota assemblyman Daniel Gooi, northeast district Education officer Sohire Yusof and SJKC Eng Chuan board of directors chairman Tan Kok Chye.
The event also saw the launching of a digital library and mural as well as an art exhibition.