PETALING JAYA: It was the first day of school for pupils at SJK(T) PJS1 primary school in Section 18 here, as well as other schools that opened their doors during the first school day of the year.
Kumaresan Mariapan, 40, said he was glad that his five-year-old son, Vinayrajh, would get to experience school life.
“I hope he’ll learn lots of new things in this brand new environment, and I’m confident that the teachers will take good care of him.
“The school’s strategic location is also really convenient as I can drop him off at school every day as I travel to work in Kuala Lumpur from my home in Sunway daily,” he said.
Kumaresan, an auditor, also said that his wife was a teacher at the school, which also has a kindergarten for pre-primary children.
Vinayrajh said he hoped to make new friends at the kindergarten.
“I love coming to school. I enjoy studying in a classroom, and I hope I can make friends with everyone here,” he said, adding that he wants to be a doctor when he grows up.
Father of two, Navindren Ramakrishnan, 42, is happy his children are getting a fresh start at school after relying on online classes ever since the Covid-19 pandemic hit.
“I want them to experience what it’s like to learn in a proper school setting again, as my eldest, who is 11, doesn’t like online learning.
“Hopefully, she can catch up soon with her peers from other schools,” he said, adding that he has a seven-year-old son in school as well.
Although the newly-built SJK(T) PJS1 has only 20 pupils so far, it has two outdoor badminton courts and a football field, said a school official.
Year Two pupil Vaydhavardhan Pratap, eight, said he would make the most of his new school’s sports facilities to reach his goal of becoming a professional athlete.
“I want to be the best in sports in the school and the country.”
He said he would also love to join the police force if his sports dream doesn’t work out.
Another Year Two pupil, Kamalini Karrtek, 8, who aspires to be a singer, hopes the life lessons she’ll learn in her new school will prepare her for her future life of fame.
“I hope I’ll be able to learn a lot from my teachers so that I can reach my dream of becoming a singer,” she said, adding that she hopes to attend a music class at the school.
“My parents told me to get good grades despite my dream of being a singer. They said success comes with good education,” she added.
Customer service officer Pemalatha Sinasamy, 39, said she was impressed at the number of facilities available at the school. She hopes her daughter will make good use of them.
“I have told many of my friends to consider admitting their children here as it has a surprising number of facilities that I’m sure will be useful for the education of any child,” she said.