AN IDEA mooted some 30 years ago for a new building of classrooms finally became a reality for the 125-year-old SK Perempuan Methodist in Ipoh.
Headmistress Peggy Wong said the school’s board of managers had proposed a new building since the early 1990s.
She said it took about one-and-a-half years to construct the RM1.8mil four-storey building, which was completed in July last year and received the certificate of completion in December.
“The building consists of 12 classrooms, an office, staff room, computer room and a hall.
“With the new building available, the pupils no longer need to share classrooms,” she added.
Named after the school’s founder, Reverend William Edward Horley, and its first headmistress Grace Towers, the building was launched by Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon.
The school was established in 1895.
Wong said the old building with 12 classrooms was still being used.
“Since the beginning of the year, the pupils no longer need to share classes as there are now 24 classrooms and they are able to function separately.”
There are currently 670 pupils from Year One to Year Six at the school.
Wong said the school was conducting two sessions presently, but hoped that the single session could resume by January next year once approval from the Education Ministry was obtained.
“With the new building ready, it is much easier to practise physical distancing and other standard operating procedures in place to combat Covid-19.
“Teachers have a bigger staffroom to work in as well.
“We are grateful to several parties who have played a big role to ensure that this building becomes a reality.
“I would like to thank Education Ministry, the state Education Department, Kinta Utara District Education Department, the school’s board, its Parent-Teacher Association and all generous donors for their support.
“Without their support, we would not be able to become one of the premier schools in Ipoh,” she added.
Wong also said that all plans to celebrate the school’s milestone anniversary this year were on hold due to the Covid-19 pandemic.