SK Kampung Tellian is fully completed and its operation is expected to start at any time now.

MUKAH: All residents of Kampung Tellian and parents from outside the area wishing to enrol their children at the new Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Kampung Tellian will definitely be excited about the reopening of the school soon.

This is due to the news of the long-awaited completion of the school building which is expected to begin operation for school session.

Costing over RM6 million, the construction is a full replacement of the former school which has been abandoned for safety reasons. Its construction started since January 2018 and it is fully completed now.

Yussibnosh Balo.

Tellian assemblyman Yussibnosh Balo told New Sarawak Tribune that the reopening date of the school building was currently awaiting “green light” from the Mukah District Education Office.

“Initially, it was expected to be in full operation for school session by April 2020 but due to Covid-19 crisis and the implementation of movement control order (MCO) and its advanced phases, the reopening had to be delayed.

“Thus, we advised the parents and residents in Tellian area to be patiently waiting for the reopening of the school,” he said on Saturday (June 20).

The building houses facilities such as computer room, library, surau, 24 classrooms, music room, ‘Kemahiran Hidup’ room, science laboratory, pre-school, multimedia library, clinic, sports management room, arts education room, showroom, bookstore,  ‘Pendidikan Islam’ room and school canteen.

Meanwhile, site management authority Bispuri Sdn Bhd (main contractor of the project) stated that the project was completed according to schedule which is at the end of 2019. The building can be used after several wire installation and clean water supply works.

This will definitely be agood news to the school staff, parents and residents of Kampung Seri Tellian (Tellian Tengah) and Kampung Tellian Daya (Tellian Ulu) as well as the whole Mukah residents in general, who have been waiting for about 17 years for the project and its completion.

For the record, school project’s design architect was Asaseni Sdn Bhd, while the appointed consultants were Optima Sdn Bhd (C&S Engineer), M.E.C. Engineering Technologies Sdn Bhd (M&E Engineer) and Kos Bina KCT Sdn Bhd (O&S Engineer).

The tender for the construction project had also received an unexpected boost when 36 contractors attended a briefing and site visit on Aug 14, 2017.

The project was carried out following a directive by authorities to relocate SK Kampung Tellian staff to reside at SK Mukah 17 years ago because the old school’s two-storey semi-concrete building was declared unsafe for operation.

The new 10-acre site for the project is located next to the Tellian Road in front of the old school building in Kampung Tellian Tengah here, about five kilometres from the town centre.

The majority of students attending the school are from Kampung Seri Tellian and Kampung Tellian Daya.

It is understood that since the students of SK Tellian had to temporarily study in SK Mukah throughout the school’s renovation, most parents of SK Kampung Tellian students claimed to have spent more on transport for their children, apart from worrying about the safety of their children.