More Tamil schools to be in towns

KUALA LUMPUR: More SJK(T) schools are being built in urban areas to accommodate the increasing number of Tamil students moving from estates to towns, said MIC president Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam.

He said the Education Ministry had spent RM730mil over the last seven years to build and upgrade Tamil schools in the country.

The effort was further supported by the Prime Minister’s Department which allocated another RM20mil to develop 13 schools in the city, and among the completed ones include schools in Cheras and Klang.

“This is a historic development as the number of Tamil schools has stalled at around 520 since 2009,” he said at the ground-breaking ceremony at SJK(T) Ampang, here.

He said the development took into account changing demographics, where the movement of Indian communities into the city had created an imbalance between school infrastructure and student enrolment.

He used SJK(T) Ampang as an example, saying the school which had only 40 students when it was founded in 1953, now had more than 400 students. He added that the new school building would provide six workrooms and allow the school to be a single-session rather than double-session school.

To use resources more efficiently, the ministry will move students from under-enrolled schools to other schools. The first phase targeted schools with fewer than 10 students, while phase two would target schools with fewer than 25 students.

Datuk Seri S.Subramaniam being chair the prayers for the group breaking ceremony for SJKT to him are P.Kamalanathan Deputy Education Minister.
Auspicious occasion: Subramaniam (centre) presiding over the prayers for the ground breaking ceremony for the school, flanked by Deputy Education Minister P. Kamalanathan on his right.

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