THE SMK Sri Sentosa parent-teacher association (PTA) is raising funds to rebuild the school in Jalan Kuchai Lama, Kuala Lumpur.
PTA chairman Foong Tak Chu said the school was 38 years old and it was high time it was rebuilt to cater to the increasing number of students.
He said the school authority and PTA had submitted to the Education Ministry their proposal to rebuild the school but they did not have sufficient funds to undertake the project yet.
For a start, he said, the PTA would want to have a multipurpose hall as the school did not have such facility.
“Currently, we have more than 2,000 students who have to stand in the sun during school assembly. We want at least a shelter or roof over their heads,” he said at a press conference organised by the association and Seputeh MCA branch on Wednesday.
A preliminary estimate of the cost of the multipurpose hall is RM2.8mil. Upon completion, there will be basketball, badminton, sepak takraw and netball courts.
The PTA had requested Transport Minister and MCA deputy president Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy’s help to seek an allocation from the Education Ministry for the project.
Recently, the PTA had handed over the matter to the Seputeh MCA branch which will follow up with Chan and the ministry.
Branch chairman Dr Sua Chong Keh said the school was one of the few in the Seputeh constituency in which more than 90% of the students were Chinese.
“It is one of the top schools in Kuala Lumpur. We don't ask for top-class facilities but they should at least be satisfactory.
“It is a government school and I am confident that we will bring back some good news,” he said, adding that the branch would look into the needs of other old schools in the area and help them replace or repaint the premises to give them a new look.
Meanwhile, the association will organise a dinner at SRK Yoke Nam in Jalan Kelang Lama on July 8 to raise funds to rebuild the school. Former students, teachers and parents are urged to contribute to the project.
For details, call the school at 03-7983 1764.