BANGI: The government will introduce pre-school education in 300 Tamil primary schools in the country, to provide early childhood education and exposure to the Tamil language.
MIC president Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said the federal government has allocated RM10 million for the first phrase of the project which will involve 50 national-type, Tamil primary schools (SJKT).
He said construction for the kindergartens have started early this year and expected to be fully completed in 2018.
“We find that the proposal to set up pre-school education is a good move in terms of providing basic knowledge and exposure to the Tamil language before the children step into the primary school.
“It will also help lay out a stronger foundation for them,” Subramaniam said after officiating the new classroom building at Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan (T) Bangi, here at Bangi Lama today.
He said SJK (T) Bangi is one of the 50 schools to be equipped with the Tamil pre-school classes.
Subramaniam said checks by MIC showed that at least 300 Tamil schools in the country did not have early childhood classes that could provide the basic knowledge needed to pursue Tamil school education.
“The first phrase works, including finding a land and contractors for the first batch of schools have been completed, however its only expected to be operational sometime next year. The pre-school classes are expected to be under the same management as the Tamil primary schools,” said Subramaniam, whose also the Health Minister.
Also present at the event were Deputy Education Minister Datuk P Kamalanathan, Deputy Youth and Sports Minister Datuk M Saravanan and Semenyih assemblyman and Selangor Umno secretary Datuk Johan Abdul Aziz.
Speaking on the challenges faced by Tamil schools in Malaysia, Subramaniam said with the help of the Education Ministry, the party intends to conduct a comprehensive study to help deter and avoid many problems currently faced by some of the Tamil schools in the country-NST