PAGOH: A Tamil vernacular school here is probably the only school in the country with only one pupil for its Year One enrolment this year.
Muhammad Hariz Asyraf is among five Malay pupils studying at SJK(T) Ladang Ban Heng.
The school, which has 11 pupils, also has 11 teachers.
Muhammad Hariz’s mother Norilam Abd Azizi, 35, said her son has been eager to start schooling along with his sister Nurul Adriena Syafiqa Mohd Tazili, 10, and brother Muhammad Razief Aiman Mohd Tazili, 12, who are in Year Four and Year Six at the school.
“My eldest son, who is now in secondary school, also studied here.
“My husband and I want our children to pick up a new language and are proud they can speak Tamil.”
Norilam said she has no problems with all her children conversing in Tamil at home.
“We are a close-knit community at the oil palm estate and have no problems mixing with all races.”
The school’s Parent-Teacher Association chairman A. Subramaniam said so far, two Malay families were sending their children to the school.