Parents of students at Sekolah Menengah Convent Bukit Nanas (CBN) say they are satisfied with the way the school is currently run, in the wake of an announcement that the land on which CBN is located will be reverted to the authorities so that it can receive full government aid.
The school’s Parent-Teacher Association (PIBG) told MalaysiaNow that they see no need to change the status quo.
“They have already asked if the high standard of CBN can be maintained if it becomes a fully funded government school,” its chairman Alice Suriati said.
Adding that CBN is “already at the top” in terms of academic and co-curricular activities, she said parents presently have nothing to worry about.
“We send our kids there because we want the best.”
News that CBN’s land lease would not be renewed had led to fears that the school, established in 1899, would be demolished.
Federal Territory Land and Mines director Muhammad Yasir Yahya later assured that this would not take place, adding that the land would be reverted to the government so that CBN could be gazetted as a fully funded school.
However, Alice said the PIBG had always helped with funding for school programmes.
“We also have our alumni body which has been helping us in terms of fund-raising activities,” she said.
This had continued even throughout the economic downturn brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic, with gadgets provided for students for online home-based learning in addition to data for internet connection, she added.
She also said that any decision or initiative taken in the immediate future would be made by the board of directors and the entity that operates the school, The Lady Superior of the Society of Saint Maur.
CBN was one of the first schools in the country to be named a cluster school by the education ministry.
In 2010, it was one of the top performing schools in Kuala Lumpur in terms of SPM results.