BUTTERWORTH: Even though Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Assumption in Bagan Dalam is scheduled to be closed for good on Feb 28 after operating for 89 years, the atmosphere at the school grounds was one of excitement with students happy and eager to be physically back for classes on Monday (Jan 10).
A check at the school found the students were enthusiastic and came early for their sessions based on standard operating procedures (SOP).
One parent, Emi Saufiah Ahmad Malkan, 36, said her son Muhammad Ammar Haziq Muhd Afiq, eight, woke up early and was excited to attend face-to-face classes again.
“Ammar, who will enter Year Two, was overjoyed to go to school today, but at the same time, he felt sad as the school will cease operations next month.
"The school is close to our house and it's easy for the residents here to send their children there.
“As a parent, I hope discussions can be held with the relevant authorities so that the school can continue operating,” she said when met at the school.
Sharing Emi Saufiah’s sentiment was Marziani Mahathir, 34, who said her nine-year-old son, Muhammad Rayyan Mikail Mohd Rafie, who previously had a hard time waking up in the morning, did not complain at all because he was excited to go to school.
In fact, she added, he had prepared his uniform and packed his schoolbag two days earlier.
“He never complained about getting up for school this morning. Instead, he wanted to get ready fast because he was so excited to get to school and meet his friends.
"We just hope there is a solution regarding the school closure.
“The kids are happy to go to school because they have a lot of friends,” she said.
It was reported earlier that the school’s licence would be revoked upon the closure, as landowner Sri Avenue Sdn Bhd has requested the return of the land and building “as soon as possible”.
The Save Assumption School Joint Task Force is hoping that the Penang Education Department will immediately approve the registration of a pro tem board of governors in a bid to save the school.
Its spokesman Vernon Fernandez said the board, which includes representatives from the parent-teacher association, alumni association, landowner and the Diocese of Penang, was set up last year primarily as a legal platform to solve the issue of the school and its premises. – Bernama