THE SJK(T) Kota Emerald Task Force has identified a two-hectare land, under the Education Ministry, in Kota Emerald for the school.
The committee of 10 members visited the proposed site to verify its suitability before submitting its proposal to the Education Ministry.
Selayang MIC division chairman Datuk P. Palaniappan, who is also the task force adviser, said the Gombak District Education Department’s development division had informed the task force of the potential site for the Tamil school. The land is next to SJK(C) Kota Emerald.
Palaniappan said the developer had allocated this site for schools and the committee felt strongly about setting up a Tamil school in the area to cater for the nearby community.
He also revealed that the task force would present a proposal titled “Action Plan For The Future of Tamil Schools” to the Prime Minister’s Department at the end of this month.
“Currently SJK(T) Rawang has morning and afternoon sessions with approximately 1,200 pupils, but the number had reduced last year.
“From the feedback gathered, many parents, especially those living in Bandar Tasik Puteri, Bandar Country Homes, Kampung Sungai Bakau Tambahan, Kundang and Kota Emerald, are keen to send their children to Tamil schools but the distance is too far. In these surrounding areas, we estimate about 1,000 Indian families and there is a need for a Tamil school and to reduce the distance as well as travelling time by half.
“Moreover, SJK(T) Ladang Kundang closed down in 1992, forcing parents to send their children to the nearest school, which is SJK(T) Rawang.
“Some parents have to send their children as far as 15km daily and if they take a school bus, it will cost RM90 per student each month. Imagine having three children, with fees costing RM270 monthly. This is especially hard on single parents.
“With this proposed site, parents will find it easier to send their children to the new school, which should be able to accommodate at least 500 pupils. This will lessen the burden on SJK(T) Rawang.
“If everything goes as planned, we hope to hold the ground-breaking ceremony next year and the school can be completed the following year,” said Palaniappan, who was at the site with the task force committee.
Selayang MIC division deputy chairman M.B. Raja said the new school would encourage Indian parents to enrol their children here.
“There are many parents who want to send their children to Tamil schools but are unable to do so because of limited spots,” he said.