Parents to stage protest over crumbling school building
The Jakarta Post
The parents of students enrolled at SD 15 state elementary school in Tangerang, Banten, have announced plans to stage a protest on Monday to get Tangerang Mayor Arief R. Wismansyah to renovate the school building, saying the dilapidated structure put their children’s safety at risk.
“Approximately 100 people, most of whom are women, will join in the protest,” said the school’s principal, Lina Nurlia, as quoted by wartakota.tribunnews.com on Sunday.
The parents contend that the school building is in poor condition with many holes seen in the classroom ceilings. Parts of the roof are also reportedly heavily damaged. Moreover, many classroom windows are broken.
Although the students and teachers still carry out teaching activities inside the classrooms, they have to stay alert at all times to anticipate “unwanted things”, Lina added.
She added that Arief, who was reelected as mayor in June, had promised to renovate the school building, located next to TangCity Mall, two years ago. However, no progress had been made by the administration regarding the matter.
“They plan to ask the mayor to fulfill his long overdue promise. The protest will take place at 10 a.m. on Monday,” she added. (vla)
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