KUALA LUMPUR: Improving the standard of education in the Indian community was a topic heavily debated by delegates at the 59th MIC general assembly here yesterday.
K. Jayagopalan of Bagan Serai said replacing moral classes with religious lessons could help check social ills among teenagers.
He said at least one religious teacher should be assigned to every five schools.
Dr S. Krishnan of Kedah said a counsellor should be posted to secondary schools where Indians make up one-third of the student population.
He also said more Indian officers should be posted in the Education Department.
James Selvaraj of the Federal Territory called on the Indian community to prioritise education and produce more Indian graduates in institutions of higher learning.
For technical programmes, P. Thirumoorthy of Kuala Selangor, P. Suvalingam of Shah Alamand K. Jayagopalan of Bagan Serai said more Indian staff should be employed at teacher training colleges.
They said such a move could encourage Indians to pursue technical courses.
On the economy, S. Analagan of Ipoh Timur said the measures taken so far to increase equity ownership of the Indian community should be publicised at next years gathering.
Analagan also said single mothers should be eligible for entrepreneur and business loans.
N.R. Krishnan of Subang said Indians should be given opportunities and be encouraged to go into agricultural ventures, such as livestock rearing.
He also urged states to allocate farm land to the community.
L. Ravi Krishnan of Tanjung Malim called on the MIC to carry out research on the progress of the lower income group and provide an update on their development status in the 2007 assembly.
He said the zero poverty government policy was ineffective, as indicated by the prevailing social problems and high unemployment among Indians.
MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu ticked him off, saying delegates should not bring up issues and come up with conclusions without concrete supporting evidence.
Are you saying all these based on your own research? You should not mislead the Indian community with your statements.
On social problems, N. Krishnan of Seremban said such problems were increasing among Indian teenagers and called for counselling centres to be set up in every state with the cooperation of non-government organisations.
P. Thirumoorthy of Ipoh Timur said the MIC should form a special committee to monitor the implementation of new policies, while G. Paneerselvam of Malacca said MIC representatives in the state should attend division meetings.
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