KUCHING: SK Kenyalang might carry the namesake of the states emblem, but the schools facilities are in a pretty woeful state.
Most drains are without covers, the lower floor at one of its blocks is termite-infested, while the top floors of classrooms leak badly when it rains. Although inadequate school infrastructure is not unheard of, SK Kenyalang is rather unique in terms of the make-up of its student and student population.
The school, which began in 1971, comprises two streams; one for students to learn in Bahasa Malaysia and another where subjects are taught in Chinese.
Above all classroom doors, coloured signs indicate the dual-language nature of the school. Red is for Chinese classes and yellow for Bahasa Malaysia classes.
Headmistress Ho It Chin calls it a truly 1Malaysia school, and strongly believed that students here deserve better facilities.
When I see termite damage, leaky roofs and open drains, I feel bad for the students. We have to do something, Ho said yesterday, during a Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) annual general meeting.
To raise funds and awareness, the school has enlisted the help of a nearby hair salon at Kenyalang Commercial Centre.
At the schools PTA gathering yesterday, it also invited several senior Government officials to attend the event, where a talent show was put up. Ho also spoke about Mohd Shazzreal Fithrys achievements as a national sepak takraw player who will be competing in the next national championship in April, and praised the students performance.
Ho said given better facilities, the school would continue to cultivate quality students, who have the advantage of mixing with pupils of diverse backgrounds.
SK Kenyalangs PTA chairman Mahmud Dan agreed. In his opening address, Mahmud called on authorities to add another multi-storey block in the school.