RM8.214 needed to rebuild SMK St Teresa hall

By Jude Toyat
@judetbpseeds
judetoyat@theborneopost.com

Fatimah (right) presenting an estimation of money needed for reconstruction efforts to members of SMK St Teresa board of management following a recent fire that brought the school hall and many classrooms down on Oct 29.

Fatimah (right) presenting an estimation of money needed for reconstruction efforts to members of SMK St Teresa board of management following a recent fire that brought the school hall and many classrooms down on Oct 29.

SMK St Teresa requires a total of RM8.214 million to construct a new four-storey building to replace the one that burnt down at the elite all-girls secondary school on Oct 29.

Minister of Welfare, Women and Family Development Datuk Fatimah Abdullah said that the amount will also cover the costs for furnishing and teaching materials of approximately RM1 million.

Besides the razed school hall, the proposed building will also restore the school’s staff room, classrooms, Kemahiran Hidup (Living Skills) room, computer room, library, music room, text book room, counselling room and surau as they were all located at the ground floor of the formerly two-storey hall and destroyed due to the blaze.

“To meet the amount needed for reconstruction work, the school has been actively running several fundraising activities as well as seeking for assistance from the Ministry of Education under their Aided School Fund.

“The board of management is also calling for generous individuals as well as non-governmental organisations and companies help them in dealing with their needs through sponsorship,” she said.

The total estimation drafted by Fatimah showed on a blackboard at her office meeting room.

The total estimation drafted by Fatimah showed on a blackboard at her office meeting room.

Recently, the state government donated RM1 million to the school.

“The donation from the state government is very much appreciated especially by the school board of management and members of the Old Teresians Association (OTA).

“It is timely as it helps them to remove the debris right after the fire to create a safe environment for students, teachers and staff,” she added.

Fatimah also said that majority of the money donated by the state government will also be used to build a new one-storey building, which is to be constructed using the Integrated Building System (IBS) costs RM614, 000.

“The construction of the building is expected to commence in March next year and will be completed within three to four months,” said Fatimah, adding that there is an urgency to build these classrooms that will include five classrooms and temporary staff room prior to the construction of the hall to accommodate the school current needs.

“The construction of the four-storey building is expected to start in August next year and will be completed by 2019.”

It is also hoped that with the establishment of the new four-storey building, it will then help to solve the shortage of classrooms that have forced the school to do ‘floating classrooms’ for their schooling session.

Fatimah (fourth right) with Mary (fifth right), Masnoon (second right) and Wong (third right) with representatives from the State Education Department during a photocall after the meeting.

Fatimah (fourth right) with Mary (fifth right), Masnoon (second right) and Wong (third right) with representatives from the State Education Department during a photocall after the meeting.

“The school only has 15 physical classrooms to accommodate 35 classes for teaching and learning pusposes and the situation has been made worse as a result of the recent fire,” she added.

She pointed out that the construction of an electricity substation costs around RM450, 000 will then follow upon completion of the four storey building.

Fatimah was met after a meeting with OTA members at her office at Bangunan Baitul Makmur, Petra Jaya here yesterday to discuss on the usage of the state government funding and future expenses needed for other reconstruction efforts.

Also present at the meeting were SMK St Teresa principal Mary John, school board of management chairman Wong Mee King, OTA chairperson Masnoon Bujang and several representatives from the State Education Department.

The fire on Oct 29 caused losses of up to RM1 million to the school hall, originally constructed in 1969 and completed in 1971. Consequently, SMK St Teresa have to limit its intake of students next year due to shortage of classrooms at the school until reconstructions have been made complete.

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