IT will have a different address after its relocation to Cyberjaya, Selangor, but SJK (C) Union is set to continue its mission which is to promote Chinese education and culture to the local community in a new state.
The under-enrolled school in Larut Matang, Taiping, Perak, has eight students and seven teachers including the headmaster, said the chairman of its board of governors, Ang Chai Soon.
To avoid the fate of being shut down, the school administrators had obtained approval in 2004 to relocate to a new site. The school authorities are confident of a larger enrolment at the new premises.
Ang said his wish was to maintain the name of the school, which was established in 1952.
“It has been a long wait because the approval was sought in 2004. But we didn’t give up. We are so glad that we have found a strategic site to house our school.
“We also wish to retain the name of the school because it signifies a continuity of our vision, which is to serve those who want to study at a Chinese school. There is always a demand for places in Chinese schools in urban areas,” he said.
Ang said many Chinese in the Ulu Sepatang new village, which is close to where the school is currenly located, had moved to other areas and this was why the school was facing a drop in pupil enrolment. He thanked community leaders who had played an instrumental role in the relocation of the school, saying that he hoped more pupils would benefit from it.
SJK (C) Union will be housed in Cyberjaya to better serve the Chinese community in Cyberjaya and Putrajaya. The relocation was announced by Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong during a site visit and ground-breaking ceremony in Cyberjaya.
Dr Wee said the new school building would be able to accommodate up to 1,500 pupils. He said the school should be built and completed by 2014 or 2015.
He said the construction of the school would cost RM10 mil and that the developers would contribute to the project as part of the their Corporate Social Responsibility initiative. The project is headed by MCT and is a joint effort between developers including Setia Haruman, said MCT Consortium Berhad group chairman Tan Sri Barry Goh.