All Tamil schools have re­ceived aid

Min­is­ter: None were de­nied govt fund­ing

The Star Malaysia - - Nation -

THE 524 Tamil schools in the coun­try will con­tinue to re­ceive ap­pro­pri­ate funds for in­fra­struc­ture, sports and ed­u­ca­tion de­vel­op­ment.

Deputy Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Datuk P. Ka­malanathan de­nied that some schools had been re­fused aid or were put on hold, say­ing there was no Tamil school in Malaysia that had not re­ceived some form of gov­ern­ment aid.

This year, the Gov­ern­ment pro­vided an al­lo­ca­tion of RM84.52mil for Tamil schools, of which over RM24.51mil has been spent on de­vel­op­ment projects, in­clud­ing build­ing new schools, additional school blocks and preschools, as well as land ac­qui­si­tion.

He said a special main­te­nance al­lo­ca­tion of RM50mil was given this year to Tamil schools for in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment.

Un­der phase one of the special main­te­nance al­lo­ca­tion, RM25mil was dis­trib­uted to Tamil schools last month while the re­main­ing will be given out next month, he said to a ques­tion by V. Si­vaku­mar (DAP-Batu Ga­jah).

Ka­malanathan said an additional RM10mil al­lo­ca­tion for 50 Tamil preschools will be given out.

To an­other ques­tion from Si­vaku­mar, on the sta­tus of seven new Tamil schools, he said SJKT Ko. Sarang­ga­bani in Paya Be­sar, Kedah, was com­plete and the school ses­sion can be­gin next year, while five more schools were in the con­struc­tion process and the last one was only re­cently ap­proved by the state gov­ern­ment. He also noted that the min­istry was fo­cus­ing on sports de­vel­op­ment in cer­tain Tamil schools with 15 schools iden­ti­fied.

Mean­while, Deputy Min­is­ter in the Prime Min­is­ter’s Depart­ment Datuk Dr Asyraf Wa­jdi Dusuki said the pro­posed National Tah­fiz Ed­u­ca­tion Pol­icy will consider the safety of tah­fiz as its main pri­or­ity af­ter ap­proval from the Coun­cil of Rulers.

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