Palanivel: No Tamil school will be shut down
KUALA LUMPUR: The Government has given an assurance that Tamil schools with low enrolment will not be closed down.
"This is the government's promise to the Indian community...not a single Tamil school will be closed down," said MIC president Datuk Seri G. Palanivel.
He said such schools would instead be relocated to areas with higher Indian population densities.
"In fact, MIC will create more awareness so that more parents will send their children to Tamil schools," he told reporters after distributing Pongal items to residents of Sri Pahang flats in Bukit Bangsar here Sunday.
Palanivel was responding to a question on the declining number of students in Tamil schools.
The number of students enrolled in Tamil schools has declined from about 97,000 in 2013 to 92,000 in 2014.
Palanivel, who is also Natural Resources and Environment Minister, stressed that MIC would ensure the continued progress of the country's 523 Tamil schools.
"The construction of seven new national-type Tamil primary schools will begin soon," he said without elaborating on the time-frame.
In another development, Palanivel said he would meet Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to discuss the possibility of the Indian community acquiring land for agriculture and farming.
Malaysia's Tamil community will celebrate Pongal (harvest festival) on Tuesday. - Bernama