KUCHING, Dec 2: SMK St Teresa received RM50,000 from the Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change (Mestecc) Minister Yeo Bee Yin for their new school block project.
The cheque was handed over by Bandar Kuching Member of Parliament Dr Kelvin Yii during his courtesy visit to the school to meet with the school’s principal Mary John, teachers, staff and also the contractor for the new school block.
In a press statement today, Yii revealed the cheque was on top of another RM50,000 cheque which was handed over to the school board few months back.
“It was the first payment of the RM100,000 pledge I made to the school to kickstart their fundraising campaign to build a new Multipurpose Hall,” Yii disclosed.
He noted that the federal government has recognised the importance and contribution of mission schools especially in Sarawak and there is also a slight increase in allocations to mission school in Sarawak this year compared to the year before.
For SMK St Teresa, RM300,000 was allocated to the school while an additional RM220,000 was allocated to SK St Teresa, the primary school.
“I will continue to work together with the school to take care of and protect the interests of the students and the teachers in the school,” Yii added.
He also encouraged members of the public, alumni and all to give back to preserve and rebuild one of Kuching’s historical schools.
The school’s hall was burnt during a fire on Oct 29, 2016. The hall also housed the staff room, the library, a sewing room, living skills workshop, music room, counselling room, surau, toilets and printing room.
The rebuilding of a new hall would include a four-storey administration and classroom block with an estimated cost of RM3,551,795.
The three-storey multipurpose hall block would cost another RM4,675,596.40 to build, making the total estimated project cost RM8,227,391.40. — DayakDaily