‘Convent school land not for sale’

  • Nation
  • Monday, 15 Jul 2019

School’s end: Students walking out of SMK Convent Light Street in George Town after classes.

PETALING JAYA: The site where Convent Light Street schools stand at present is not for sale, says its land owner Sisters of Infant Jesus Malaysia.

“There is no intention to sell the land and buildings of our convent schools for redevelopment,” Lady Superior of the Society of Saint Maur Sister Mary Thresa Chua said in a statement.

Sister Chua also said they would continue to advocate wholesome education in their mission schools.

“The IJ Sisters’ intend to embark on a transformation effort to continue and preserve the tradition of learning that is dynamic, progressive and relevant, through the creation of richer syllabus content, while maintaining the character and ethos of convent schools.

“We are firm believers in education,” she said.

On June 20, The Star reported Penang education director Dr Mahanom Mat Sam as saying that three schools – SK Convent Light Street, SM Convent Light Street and SM Convent Pulau Tikus – would be closed down and the land returned to the Sisters of Infant Jesus Malaysia.

SM Convent Light Street and SM Convent Pulau Tikus would be closed in 2023 and SK Convent Light Street in 2024.

Sister Chua said student enrolment in the three convent schools had dropped over the last 10 years.

“In the last decade, the continuous drop in enrolment has been a matter of concern. The escalating cost to maintain the over one-and-a-half-century of school buildings at Convent Light Street is another major worry,” she added.

She, however, did not disclose figures or the cost of maintenance.

Sister Chua is scheduled to meet Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow on Friday.

Chow said the state government would appeal to the Education Ministry to relocate the schools, and was willing to look for suitable land for the purpose.

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