KUALA LUMPUR: MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu said the sweeping improvement of Tamil schools in the UPSR exam has proven critics wrong.
“Those who said Tamil schools cannot be on par with other schools have been proven wrong and we will see further improvements in the coming years,'' he said after presenting the President's Merit award to 202 Tamil school pupils who scored 7As in the 2002 UPSR exams.
The pupils and their headmasters, from 113 Tamil schools nationwide, received the awards, given by MIC's Maju Institute of Education Development (MIED).
Two of the pupils Renuhaa Asaithambi from SJK (T) Chettiars, Ipoh and Seetha Ramasamy from SJK (T) Ladang Tumbuk in Tanjung Sepat, Selangor, also received awards from the Education Ministry as national overall top achievers in the Tamil school category last year.
Samy Vellu said 33 of the 113 schools were estate schools.
He also presented a special award of RM7,700, RM5,000 and RM3,000 to schools, that had produced seven, six and five top scorers respectively.
Magnum Corporation executive director Lawrence Lim donated RM40,400 to the MIED.