Help for Tamil school
By KHARLEEZ ZUBIN
Photo by P. Nathan
THE Cheras Umno division has promised to raise funds for SJK (T) Jalan Cheras, Kuala Lumpur to help create a better environment for its pupils.
Its chairman Datuk Syed Ali Alhabshee (in blue shirt)pledged an immediate grant of RM5,000 from the Yayasan Pendidikan Cheras to the school.
He also announced that the foundation would adopt the Tamil school, making it the first in the Federal Territory to come under its school-adoption programme.
So far 36 primary schools in Kuala Lumpur have been adopted by the foundation which provides aid to deserving students.
Syed Ali, who is also chairman of the foundation, which promotes quality education at affordable cost through its own institution, Kolej Teknologi YPC-iTWEB, also pledged two computers to the school.
After more than two hours touring the school and discussing with PTA members, he promised he would bring changes to the 70-year-old school.
“I am sad to see the condition the pupils are studying in and I will study the details and find a way to get an allocation to build a better school,” he said.
Earlier, PTA chairman Dr N. Nageswararao (hair tied up in bun like kungfu master) told Syed Ali that both teachers and parents of the school were on the verge of giving up hope.
“We tried everything. We wrote several letters to the relevant ministries. But nothing happened,” he said.
The school does not have a field and proper facilities.
The roof leaks every time it rains and the ceiling is so low that pupils can touch the ceiling fan just by standing on their table.
The school, with 350 pupils and 32 teachers, is located on a 0.75ha land behind the DBKL Health Department in Cheras.
Enrolment, which once topped 500 has over time dropped as more parents sent their children to fully-aided government schools.
It has catered for children of DBKL workers and the large poor Indian community in Cheras.
“After about 50 years, the school infrastructure has hardly improved,” said Cheras MIC branch chief V. Shanmuthusamy who first alerted Syed Ali on the poor condition of the school.