Assumption school to close in March

Assumption school to close in March

Sekolah Kebangsaan Assumption in Penang is to be closed after the school term ends in March.

The education ministry said Syarikat Sri Avenue Sdn Bhd had on Nov 3 accepted the purchase offer for the school building and site from third parties.

“The company has requested that the education ministry vacate the building and the school site as soon as possible,” it said in a statement today.

It said the decision was made based on the low enrolment at the school.

“Currently, the school operates with 53 students. Redistributing students and teachers to other schools nearby would be a better use of school resources,” it said.

The nearby schools include SK Kuala Kerai and SK St Mark in Butterworth, and SK Sungai Nyior, SK Khir Johari and SK St Mark in Perai – all of which are located within a 0.3km and 5.8km radius from the school.

“The education ministry will help facilitate admission of students to the new schools for the 2022/2023 academic term,” it said.

SK Assumption was founded in 1933 by the La Salle Brothers, an order of the Catholic church. The church relinquished all rights when the school was relocated in 2008.

Currently located at Kampung Ujung Batu, near the Perai river, it has faced problems for the past 26 years after the original site of the school along Jalan Assumption was sold to property developers in 1995.

Many people had appealed to the ministry to keep the school going. The alumni association of SK Assumption had asked for a year to allow a task force that had been formed to come up with a way to save the school.

The Penang state government had also met with the state education authorities to discuss ways to save the school. FMT

Assumption school to close in March

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