A bid to promote Tamil

New development: Kamalanathan (left) taking a closer look at the SJK(T) Lanchang construction project.

TEMERLOH: Six new Tamil schools will be built in the country for the benefit of the Indian community to promote and learn their mother tongue.

Deputy Education Minister P. Kamalanathan said an allocation would be set aside in a special budget by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and work would start soon.

Kamalanathan said repair and upgrading works on existing Tamil schools would also be carried out.

“The Government will continue to play a major role in improving various infrastructures in all Tamil schools nationwide.

“Since 2009 to last year, a total of RM660mil has been allocated for the development of Tamil schools,” he said after visiting the project site of SJK(T) Lanchang near here.

Also present was Lanchang assemblyman Datuk Seri Mohd Sharkar Shamsudin.

The new RM7.1mil school will be built on a 1.2ha plot of land owned by Sime Darby.

Kamalanathan said the ministry had appointed several consultants to oversee the construction.

He said once completed, it would help to meet the education needs of the locals.

“The ministry has already compiled a full list of the requirements for all the existing 524 Tamil schools in the country.

“The upgrading process will be done in stages, depending on its urgency and availability of funds,” he said.

On the new school, he said it was expected to be completed by year end and ahead of schedule.

The school will take in new pupils before the start of the new school term.

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