New school block will enable switch to single session next year

Chow (in green) laying the foundation stone for SJK(C) Han Chiang’s new block at the school in Penang. — Photos: ZHAFARAN NASIB/The Star

WITH a new four-storey block, schooling for some 900 pupils in SJK(C) Han Chiang in Penang will switch from two sessions to just one in the morning next year.

The primary school’s board chairman Datuk Seri Ooi Soo Hing said construction on the project costing RM6.5mil has started and will be completed by November.

At present, the school is still short of RM500,000 in funding, says Ooi.At present, the school is still short of RM500,000 in funding, says Ooi.

“The new four-storey block with 22 classrooms will extend from an existing three-storey block.

“With more classrooms, pupils no longer need to be staggered in morning and afternoon sessions.

“The block will be completed in November to welcome all pupils in the mornings next year, ” he said after laying the foundation stone during a ceremony in the school on Saturday.

The new block will include a covered basketball court besides extra-wide walkways and landscaping.

Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow commended the school’s effort in continuously upgrading its infrastructure.

“There are several Chinese schools in Penang that are preparing for school establishment and relocation.

“Educational development is the responsibility of Federal Government, but when some Chinese schools lack funding, the state government has also tried its best to allocate land and funds to them.

“At present, the school is still short of RM500,000 in funding, ” he said, before announcing a RM100,000 allocation for the project.

Chow said as for the remaining funds, he hoped others will support the school.

Datuk Keramat assemblyman Jagdeep Singh Deo stepped up and contributed RM20,000.

He said it was part of the state’s efforts to enhance education to nurture better Penangites and ensure that all children received the opportunity to get an education.

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