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MANY TAMIL SCHOOLS DON’T HAVE ENOUGH TABLES AND CHAIRS

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There are 523 Tamil schools throughout the country. Out of which only 149 schools are fully aided (bantuan penuh), the remaining 374 schools are partially aided (sekolah bantuan modal). 374 of these Tamil primary schools are denied full government financial assistance. 289 of these are located in the plantations. We want the government to make all schools fully aided. We don’t want temporary and piecemeal solutions for Tamil schools.

If the Barisan Government doesn’t do this, whichever party forms the new government may champion this long outstanding issue. RM 70 million has been allocated for Tamil schools, under the Tenth Malaysia plan for two rolling years (2011 & 2012). Many Tamil schools have no proper fields, no laboratory, no library, and no staff room for teachers, any canteen, any proper roofing or even proper toilets for students and lack of adequate infrastructure and sufficient basic facilities.

EVEN WORST, MANY SCHOOLS DON’T HAVE ENOUGH TABLES AND CHAIRS

Under the Education Act 1995, schools located on private land are not eligible for a full grant from the Government. As a result, these schools are forced to source their own funds for their basic infrastructure, including additional classrooms. Most of the students studying at partially aided schools come from poor homes and study at poor CONDITION.

Article 12 of the Federal Constitution provides that there shall be no discrimination in providing education. As such, the government must not hesitate in buying over Tamil schools located on private lands in one go. As they should always remember that, Indian plantation workers were the one who helped them develop as to what they are today.

The government should without any further delay should acquire the lands where schools are located so that they will come under the direct supervision of the Ministry of Education whereby they will be eligible for full funding from the Ministry. -nayagankini