MIC aims for more Tamil UPSR high achievers


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 02 Apr 2003

By A. LETCHUMANAN

KUALA LUMPUR: The MIC is working closely with state co-ordinators of Tamil schools to increase the number of top achievers in this year's Ujian Penilaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) examination, its president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu said here. 

He said that 711 students, who would sit for the UPSR exam, were identified to receive special attention and guidance including tuition classes to ensure they produced excellent results. 

He said that various states would conduct intensive workshops and seminars to assist them. 

“We will hold a brainstorming meeting with 100 teachers and headmasters to compile sets of questions for the students to work on before the examinations,” Samy Vellu told reporters after meeting the Tamil Schools Action Committee at MIC headquarters late Monday. 

Of the 13,690 students from Tamil schools who sat for the 2002 UPSR exam, 202 scored 7As – an improvement from the 165 who obtained 7As in 2001. 

The 7As scorers, more than half of whom were girls, came from 113 Tamil schools in eight states, including 29.2% from Selangor and 20.8% from Perak. 

“We want school headmasters, teachers and parents to place more emphasis on education,” Samy Vellu said. 

He said a meeting with chairmen of Tamil school Parent-Teacher Associations (PTAs) would be held to forge better understanding of problems. 

“Better co-operation between school administrators, PTAs and the MIC will bring about more benefits for teachers and students,” Samy Vellu said, adding that zone meetings with PTAs had been scheduled for Sungai Petani, Ipoh, Kuala Lumpur and Malacca. 

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