KUALA LUMPUR: Day care centres in secondary schools for students who come from non-conducive home environments are being planned.
“The centres will be set up in areas where criminal and gangsterism issues are rampant among students,” said MIC president Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam. “The conceptual approval for the project was given by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak last year.
“It will be a self-contained unit with sports, academics, arts and other activities – these students will have a sense of belonging.
“The local community as well as volunteer retired teachers can assist in running it,” he said after handing over the letter of approval for the construction of SJK(T) Heawood, Sungai Siput, Perak, to contractors on behalf of the Education Ministry.
Dr Subramaniam said students’ academic progress and homework would be monitored while counselling will also be provided.
Deputy Education Minister Datuk P. Kamalanathan, who was present at the ceremony, said while the centres were open to all students, the priority was for Indian students.
The Government plans to set these centres in Johor, Selangor and Negri Sembilan. The Government will build 10 centres, each able to house about 100 students.
SJK (T) Heawood will be the 529th Tamil school in the country.
Dr Subramaniam said construction would begin in July and be completed before December 2018. The cost is RM12.45mil.
In 2012, Najib announced that the Government was ready to build six Tamil schools in the country.
Besides SJK(T) Heawood, the rest are SJK(T) Taman Keladi, Sungai Petani; SJK(T) Taman Sentosa, Klang; SJK(T) Taman PJS1, Petaling Jaya; SJK(T) Bandar Mahkota Cheras; and SJK(T) Bandar Seri Alam, Masai, Johor.