GEORGE TOWN, Jul 8 – The Education Ministry has identified two vernacular Chinese Schools in the state that will have to be upgraded.
Deputy Education Minister Teo Nie Ching said changing the status of SJKC Beng Teik, Kota Permai in Bukit Mertajam and SJKC Shang Wu in Air Itam would be proposed to higher authorities in Putrajaya on July 13, as both schools had seen a sharp increase in the number of pupils.
“SJKC Beng Teik had less than 150 pupils before, but with the increase in the number of students to 900, it should be a ‘Grade B’ school,” he told a press conference here today.
Also present was Penang State Education Department director Mohd Jamil Mohamed. SJKC Shang Wu would also need to be upgraded from Grade B to Grade A, as the number of students now stood at more than 900, said Mohd Jamil.
“Changing the status of both schools will facilitate school operations as it would see an increase in the number of teachers, office staff and additional facilities,” he said.
Mohd Jamil said the State Education Department had also identified two locations namely Batu Kawan and Alma, Bukit Mertajam for a new SJKC. — Bernama