Still no teacher for Tamil classes after five months


Compiled by JAROD LIM, MAHADHIR MONIHULDIN and R. ARAVINTHAN

PARENTS of Indian pupils at SMK Puteri Titiwangsa are demanding an urgent solution to the Tamil language teacher problem at the school, Malaysia Nanban reported.

They said the Kuala Lumpur school’s sole full-time Tamil language teacher retired in June and a temporary teacher was appointed in his place.

However, the state Education Department has seemingly made no effort to identify and appoint a full-time teacher in the five months since, they said.

This has caused problems for around 70 pupils who will be taking the Tamil subject in the upcoming year-end exams.

The temporary teacher can only conduct classes on Mondays and this is done during class hours. This means the pupils have to choose between going to their regular classes or the Tamil class, the parents said.

> A mosque in India agreed to give up an elephant it had been taking care of for the past 22 years as it did not have the necessary documentation, Malaysia Nanban also reported.

The 58-year-old female elephant named Jaini had been living in the mosque in Kadayanallur, Tenkasi.

The above articles are 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.

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