pUNJABI EDUCATION CENTER KAJANG (peckJ)
GURDWARA SAHIB KAJANG
Allotment 5, Section 13, Jalan Sungai Chua, P.O. Box 39, 43000 Kajang, SELANGOR DARUL EHSAN
Facebook: Gurdwara Kajang Website: www.gurdwarakajang.com
Classes are held every Sundays from 8.45 a.m-12.30 p.m, if interested please do not hesitate to contact us at the above email or call us at the number provided. Our teachers are highly trained and professional, carefully selected to provide the best Punjabi education possible, with only a minimal fee of RM 10 Monthly
The school started in 2002 with two students. Ranjit Singh (a committee member then and the current President) encouraged the previous President, Bhagwan Singh to initiate the Punjabi School. The responsibility was entrusted to Nirmal Singh, Sarmukh Singh, the late Kajan Singh and Gurbachan Singh. The first teacher we had was Panji Rajbir Kaur who volunteered her service and slowly the student count increased from two to five and so on. The following year we opened two classes as we had a total of 10 students.
During the initial stages, the library was used as a classroom. After running two classes successfully for two years, on the third years we added another class. The GSK provided an allowance of $100 to each teacher on a monthly basis from the 3rd year of the school being in operation. A minimal fee of RM10 was only charged to the students commencing from year 2006 to cover part of the cost of running the school. The Gurdwara contributed RM2,000 in the first year for the school to purchase furniture for the school and have thereafter continued to pay the teachers allowances.
In the third year, the students increased to about 30, and then Kajan Singh took the initiative to get old desks and chairs from his friends for the students. Kajan Singh played a pivotal role in the school system, library and operations. For the first three years, the PECKj sourced text books from Suror Printers until KDM visited and encouraged a centralized system and syllabus in year 2006.Since then, the school has kept evolving and improving. In 2006, with the increased enrollment of students we had to add two construction cabins to facilitate the classes due to lack of place and space. In 2010, with Kajan Singh spearheading the expansion of the Punjabi School, we purchased another two cabins, due to the high demand in enrolment. The management team decided to set a new administration system and Gurbachan Singh was elected as the Chairman of PECKj to provide leadership and guidance.
To improve the teaching performance, we reviewed and changed where necessary new teachers with diploma and degree qualifications relevant to teaching Punjabi, with the aim of increasing the quality of the learning experience for the students. We then decided to engage the principal and senior teachers from the Sentul Gurdwara to further enhance the learning process. With the teamwork and guidance of all parties, we managed to churn out top performers in the SRP and SPM exams for the Punjabi Language paper. We also set up the new improved administration system under the guidance of the late Kajan Singh whereby we were able to monitor every students’ discipline, homework, parent’s acknowledgement in exercise books, and their records such as attendance, uniform, daily performance, class participation and punctuality. All of which was set via a new filing systems which tracked performance easily and can be easily retrieved.
In 2012, we set up a library with the help of the late Kajan Singh who managed to obtain donations from Rotary Club to set the library up. With his initiatives we have managed to furnish the library with furniture, cupboards and funds for purchasing of library books which is now in use by the students during the half hourly library session each Sunday.
The school also organized activities that helped to showcase the student grasp of the language via the annual cultural night in which students perform Katha and other cultural activities whilst also being a platform to recognize and award top performers for the year. This is part of their extra incentive to the students to encourage more students to join the Punjabi school. Thorough these efforts, there was an average increase of 10 students annually.
With continued increase in the number of students and the not so conducive learning environment in cabins, PECKj and GSK decided to embarked on a very challenging project ie. to build a 3 story building to house 9 Punjabi classroom, principal room, library, office on the exiting land of the GSK. Under the leadership of the Ranjit Singh, Iqbal Singh and the late Kajan Singh we started the construction of this noble endeavor which was completed in the end of 2015. The late Kajan Singh was very keen to contribute his services towards this vision, however, due to his sudden demise, we have loss a highly committed and visionary sewadar. We will work hard to ensure his vision and thoughts becomes a reality.
The success of PECKj and its achievements stand on the shoulders of committed sevadars who cooperated day and night towards the new generation. Today we have more than 80 students, 9 teachers and a principal and the Punjabi school is run by a PECK committee led by Gurmeet Singh