THE board of directors of Catholic High School and SJK (C) Yak Chee, as well as the National Autism Society of Malaysia (Nasom), are seeking a meeting with Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to discuss the application for new schools in Puchong.
In a press conference recently, representatives from both schools said Catholic High School 2 and SJK (C) Yak Chee 2 were needed to solve the problem of increasing student population in the Petaling district.
Catholic High School board of governors chairman Datuk Lim Hock San pointed out that 1,300 out of the 3,000 students of the school are from Puchong, Seri Kembangan and Kuala Lumpur.
“Many students want to enrol into Catholic High School, which is located in Petaling Jaya. The school is under a lot of pressure because we can only afford to take in 560 Form 1 students every year,” he said.
Lim hoped Muhyiddin, who is also the Deputy Prime Minister, would agree to meet them.
Catholic High School’s board of governors has been planning for Catholic High School 2 since 2008. The board submitted an application to the Education Ministry first in May this year and followed up with another letter in October for an appointment to meet Muhyiddin.
There are currently four Chinese primary schools in Puchong with a total of 12,000 pupils. Due to increased population, some 1,500 students have to study in schools outside Puchong.
The application of SJK (C) Yak Chee 2 is timely to relieve the situation.
SJK (C) Yak Chee board of directors chairman Liong Yen Lam said the school has about 4,000 students.
“If SJK (C) Yak Chee 2 is approved, it will be a great news for Puchong folk. Parents don’t have to spend a huge sum of money on transportation fees,” he said.
Meanwhile, Nasom planned to start a special school for autistic children near the site of Catholic High School 2. Not only would the school provide education to the special students, students of Catholic High School 2 would be encouraged to work as volunteers or helpers at the Nasom school.
Petaling District Chinese School Development Committee chairman Lim Keh Kuan, who was also present, said the district was still in need of more than 10 Chinese primary schools for an optimal study environment.
“Ideally, a school should only have about 1,500 students. Therefore, the district needs to have 35 Chinese primary schools to cater to some 50,000 students. We only have 20 Chinese primary schools at the moment,” he said.
Conforming School Development Council chairman Lim Eng Hua also expressed his wish that the Education Ministry would approve the application of Catholic High School 2.