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by christina tan
On a tour: Dr
in Ladang B.
YONG PENG: SJK (T) Ladang Yong Peng, located in Ladang B here, will be relocated to Yong Peng town once the construction of the new school is completed.
Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong said the Tamil primary school project, costing RM2.8mil, started two years ago and is 70% completed now.
It is scheduled to be completed in next few months, he said.
“The school will be moved to the new site as soon as it is completed and we estimate that the enrolment of students will double from its current 108.
“The Prime Minister’s office allocated RM2mil and the Johor state government allocated RM500,000 and a piece to land for the Tamil school at no cost,” he said after meeting parents and teachers at the old school building in Ladang B recently.
Dr Wee, who is also Ayer Hitam MP, said the school has to be relocated due to the increase in the number of students and most of the families have shifted to the town from the plantation quarters.
He said the parents have to drive 20 minutes to the plantation to send their children to the only Tamil school in Yong Peng.
Dr Wee said the school was still short of funds and is in the midst of raising the fund.
Recently, the Education Ministry had set aside some fund to build new building at the old school site in Ladang B, however, parents disagreed and requested the fund to be channelled to the new school project, said Dr Wee.
“We are working with the school committee now on how to channel the fund to suit the needs of the school.
“The parents have appealed to the officers not build any new structures in the old school as it defeats the purpose and a waste of fund since the school is going to be relocated soon,” he said.
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