WITH only a few days left to the start of the new school term, 10 Tamil schools in Perak do not have pupils registered for Year One, Tamil dailies reported.
State Tamil schools coordinator N. Manogaran said 2,430 pupils enrolled in Perak last year. Despite intensive efforts to encourage Indian families to send their children to Tamil schools, the number looks set to drop further.
This has left the schools with a bleak outlook, particularly the 10 schools in the Kerian and Hilir Perak districts.
“We are hoping for last-minute enrolment,” said Manogaran.
The headmaster and parent-teacher association chairman of SJK (T) Sungai Pari in Ipoh said 46 pupils enrolled at the school in the last few days.
He is hoping the school’s new building will attract more parents to send their children there.
But one parent in Sungai Petani, Kedah, said they faced a different problem as the headmaster of the Tamil school had refused to register students for Year One.
When M. Sekaran tried to register his child, he claimed he was turned away by the school management which refused to register any more students.
Kedah state Tamil schools coordinator T. Ramakrishnan, who spoke to the parent and the headmaster, clarified the school had only six classrooms.
Having enrolled 32 pupils for Year One, the school did not have any space for more students. With no other Tamil schools in the Sungai division area, parents were left bemoaning the situation.
> About 3,000 graduates in India have turned to begging and panhandling for a living despite having a degree, Tamil Nesan reported.
A recent study showed that there were around 372,000 beggars in the country, and 79,415 had education.
Most of the graduates claimed they resorted to begging due to family problems or because they could not get the desired jobs.
West Bengal had the highest number of graduates begging in the streets with 540. West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh also had the highest number of panhandlers overall as found by the study.
- Found in translation is compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.