Deputy Education Minister Datuk Mary Yap Kain Ching (centre) with students of SMK Convent Green Lane, Pulau Pinang. Pix by Ramdzan Masiam
Deputy Education Minister Datuk Mary Yap Kain Ching at the groundbreaking ceremony at SMK Convent Green Lane, Pulau Pinang. Pix by Ramdzan Masiam

GEORGE TOWN: The public has been urged to donate to the building of a RM2.3 million extension block of the SMK Convent Green Lane.

Deputy Education Minister Datuk Mary Yap Kain Ching said the school was highly sought after by parents and students after clinching the Cluster School of Excellence in 2011.

“The effort by the school to build a new block is commendable, as aspired in the National Education Development Plan.

“I would like to urge the public to contribute to this great education institution,” she said after the groundbreaking ceremony at the school today.

The school, which was established in 1961, has an enrolment of 1,001 and a teaching staff of 66.

With the new two-storey building, it will add four more classrooms, three special purpose rooms, —sewing classroom, art room, and a language lab.

It will also house all teaching staff in the ground floor, making way for additional space for classes at the present block.

School principal Loke Bee Keow said the school, with a status of Cluster School of Excellence in 2011 with English language and girl guides, has made the enrolment boost up tremendously.

She said the school critically needs a new building for conducive and effective learning.

“Thus far, we have managed to raise RM1 million over RM1.7 million required for the project excluding the furniture and the language lab.

"Most of the fund was raised during the school’s activities and programmes and we welcome all to contribute,” she said.