Kwang Chien's student enrolment increased every year and in 1930, a wooden building was built in Kubu Road. Kubu Road (not Jalan Kubu Lama) was the road in front of the old Sarikei District Office and later renamed to the current Nyelong Road. Was the school entrance at Kubu Road?
Sarikei Kwang Chien School 1950s
The cost was RM$12K, a huge sum in the old days but help came in from the community including the sales commission of black pepper contributing RM$1 per ton.
The canteen was on the ground floor of the wooden building. The canteen was operated by Mr Yong and wife. They were also the caretaker of the school. The school was closed during the 2nd World War from 1944 to 1946.
In the early 1970s, assembly was held on Monday on level one in this building. On Level one there was staff room, a store, 2 table tennis tables and benches to sit during assembly. Students were advised not to venture up to Level 2 as it was Mr Tie's (teacher) hostel and most part of the floor was not safe to walk on.
This wooden building was demolished in the early-mid 1970s (year?).
The first concrete block was built in 1952 with an entrance at Jalan Getah.