Smart features planned for new school building

An artist’s impression of SJK (C) Heng Ee in Penang.

By incorporating smart multimedia systems, the new SJK (C) Heng Ee building adjacent to the present SMJK Heng Ee Bayan Baru branch in Bayan Lepas, Penang, plans to be at the forefront of digital learning.

Plans are for all classrooms to be fully digitalised and there will be a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) laboratory as well as WiFi coverage throughout the premises, said the school’s board chairman Tan Sri Alex Ooi Kee Liang.

Ooi says modern teaching aid will help create a fun and interactive learning experience.Ooi says modern teaching aid will help create a fun and interactive learning experience.

“In this era of big data and with the development of artificial intelligence, the teaching method and content need to change.

“Our aim is to establish a better quality of education to prepare the young generations for the information age,” he said in a statement.

Ooi said the smart school concept would extend beyond the classroom by incorporating management systems.

“High-tech and modern teaching aids will help create a fun and interactive learning experience in the classroom,” said Ooi, who is also Ideal Property Group executive chairman.

The developer is supporting construction expenses of the new school building.

The statement said that since 2015, the school had converted all traditional classrooms into smart learning classes.

“Since the smart classrooms were set up, students are more enthusiastic.

“The new building will incorporate green spaces and comprise an administrative block, academic block, hall, canteen, computer rooms, labs and 42 classrooms.

“It is expected to accommodate 1,200 pupils,” said the statement.

Construction started in the first quarter of 2022, with completion targeted by the end of 2025.

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