Wednesday, May 24, 2017

SJKT Taman Keladi, Nation's 528th Tamil School

On 8th May 2017 I had the pleasure of attending the ground breaking ceremony of the 528th Tamil school in the nation SJKT Taman Keladi in Kedah. The plans for the school are very impressive and will have all modern facilities and infrastructure needed for the holistic educational experience each student is entitled too. It will have 18 classrooms , a computer lab, a science lab, a living skills learning room and also other facilities such as a library and text book room. The cost of the entire project is RM 18 million and with this ground breaking the continues transformation of Tamil schools continues with a flourish.

 Currently the are 524 Tamil schools in operation, SJKT Taman Sentosa in Klang is the 525th school which is currently being built. SJKT Taman Bandar Mahkota Cheras is the 526th and the ground breaking ceremony is scheduled for 30th June 2017.The 527th is SJKT Bandar Seri Alam under construction in Pasir Gudang Johor. The 529th and 530th are SJKT Headwood in Sungai Siput and SJKT Taman PJS1 in Petaling Jaya. These new schools when completed will bring up the total Tamil schools in the nation to 530 and this is testament to the steadfast commitment of the Malaysian government under the esteemed PM Dato Sri Najib Tun Razak to ensure the future of vernacular education in the country.

Since the honourable PM has taken over the administration of the country we have seen a tremendous injection of financial aid towards the physical rejuvenation and added Tamil schools in Malaysia. To those naysayers who keep saying the vernacular schools are under threat in our country I can't think of a better response then this. The government has spent and continues to spend billions of ringgit for the continues operation of vernacular schools in the country.

The opposition often criticise for the sake of critiquing without a proper basis or understanding of the real situation and their misleading statements cause unnecessary     Ill will just to satisfy their political expediency. I'd like to ask how much the governments in Pinang and Selangor have allocated to Tamil schools financially since 2009 and how much land they have given as well. I challenge them to show their commitment so far.

I must take this opportunity to thank the honourable PM for his dedication to the cause of transforming Tamil schools and also the president of MIC Datuk Seri Dr. S. Subramaniam for his vision and role as a catalyst for the changes taking place in Tamil schools. I must also thank the honourable  Education Minister Dato Seri Mahdzir Khalid and the ministry of education for their unwavering support and dedication to the transformation process. The vision encapsulated in the National Education Blueprint (2013-2025) includes the comprehensive development of all schools across the board and this government is very focused on ensuring no student or school is left behind in the quest for a globally recognised quality education.

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