Thursday, November 6, 2008

MIC hails Govt’s RM50mil allocation for Tamil schools

KUALA LUMPUR: The MIC has lauded the Government’s move to set aside RM50mil to improve Tamil schools in the country.

Party secretary-general Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam said the allocation was a testimony that the Government had not forsaken the Malaysian Indian community and wanted to improve the infrastructure of Tamil schools nationwide.

In winding up Budget 2009 at the policy stage, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who is also Finance Minister, had announced that the Government would further stimulate national education, and taking into account the various races in the country, the Government would set aside RM200mil for four categories of schools.

The four categories – government-funded religious schools, mission schools, Chinese schools and Tamil schools – will each receive RM50mil.

Speaking at the Parliament lobby, Subramaniam, who is also Human Resource Minister, said the party had identified Tamil schools which were in dire need of repairs and the funds should be channelled soon to remedy the situation.

Party information chief Datuk M. Saravanan, who is also Federal Territories Deputy Minister, said if the Government would provide the same amount for the next five years, then the woes of Tamil schools could be solved by 2013.

“There are many Tamil schools which are in dire need of funding to rebuild their buildings. I hope that the RM50mil is just a start.

“This also shows that the Government is committed towards assisting Tamil schools. We hope that this aid can continue for the next five years,” he said when met at the Parliament lobby.

He said a list of Tamil schools which needed assistance had been handed over to the Government and hoped that the Education Ministry would put this on fast track. – Bernama

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