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Tamil ed­u­ca­tion goes on­line

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STU­DENTS in ver­nac­u­lar Tamil pri­mary schools can now ac­cess ed­u­ca­tional con­tent on­line, apart from those avail­able in their text­books and ref­er­ence ma­te­ri­als.

Ac­ces­si­ble through an on­line plat­form, the re­cently launched free con­tent in Tamil for pri­mary school stu­dents was made avail­able through a collaborat­ion be­tween on­line ed­u­ca­tion provider EduNa­tion and the Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry.

Deputy Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Datuk P Ka­malanathan said the launch of the con­tent co­in­cides with the cel­e­bra­tion of 200 years of Tamil Ed­u­ca­tion in Malaysia.

The first Tamil class was held at Pe­nang Free School on Oct 21, 1816, and it was taught by teach­ers from Tamil Nadu us­ing an im­ported syl­labus. To­day, it is based on the Malaysian syl­labus.

“Tamil schools in Malaysia have un­der­gone nu­mer­ous im­prove­ments in terms of fa­cil­i­ties and in­fra­struc­ture. Over the years, we have seen Tamil ed­u­ca­tion grow in leaps and bounds. Apart from th­ese cos­metic changes we also see many stu­dents, both In­di­ans and non-In­di­ans, en­rolling into Tamil schools,” said Ka­malanathan.

“I am con­fi­dent the in­cor­po­ra­tion of tech­nol­ogy in Tamil ed­u­ca­tion will help ig­nite in­ter­est among our In­dian com­mu­nity, es­pe­cially our stu­dents,” he noted.

“Since ed­u­ca­tion is life­long, this plat­form will be an ex­cel­lent op­por- tu­nity for the holis­tic in­volve­ment of stu­dents, teach­ers, par­ents and even grand­par­ents in guid­ing their chil­dren or grand­chil­dren with their school lessons. They can also learn Tamil lan­guage avail­able that is based on our na­tional pri­mary school syl­labus,” said Ka­malanathan.

He added that Tamil ed­u­ca­tion will make its way to the fore­front of the ed­u­ca­tion land­scape through the use of tech­nol­ogy.

“It is es­sen­tial for us to main­tain our unique iden­tity, lan­guage and cul­ture and at the same time, ex­pose our fu­ture gen­er­a­tion to the beauty of the Tamil lan­guage.”

Ka­malanathan said the Malaysian ed­u­ca­tion is one that is fast evolv­ing to suit the needs of the stu­dents.

“At the min­istry, we strive to em­brace change, es­pe­cially tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vance­ments. Our stu­dents now be­long to a tech-savvy gen­er­a­tion with knowl­edge and informatio­n at their fin­ger­tips.

“Ini­tia­tives like EduNa­tion through on­line re­sources is an im­por­tant part of the ed­u­ca­tion ecosys­tem for stu­dents, re­gard­less of their so­cioe­co­nomic back­ground,” he added.

For its Tamil con­tent, EduNa­tion through on­line re­sources is pro­duc­ing the na­tional pri­mary school syl­labus for Tamil lan­guage, science and math­e­mat­ics.

Stu­dents can use th­ese on­line con­tent for free by vis­it­ing the por­tal. Stu­dents can also down­load e-books, test pa­pers as well as track their progress on the por­tal.

Cur­rently, the Year 3 Math­e­mat­ics syl­labus in Tamil as well as Year One Tamil lan­guage is on­line and can be viewed on www.eduna­tion. my.

Fully spon­sored by Brick­fields Asia Col­lege (BAC), EduNa­tion aims to com­plete the rest of the syl­labus by the first quar­ter of 2017.

EduNa­tion has been pro­vid­ing free on­line ed­u­ca­tion for all Malaysian stu­dents from pri­mary to sec­ondary school since Au­gust 2012.

BAC Ed­u­ca­tion Group Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor and EduNa­tion Malaysia Founder Raja Sing­ham said: “We be­lieve in the power of ed­u­ca­tion to change lives. Thus, this ini­tia­tive like is im­por­tant to pro­vide ac­cess to qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion for all Malaysians, re­gard­less of their so­cio-eco­nomic back­ground.

“To­day’s launch is one more way for us to reach out to stu­dents and pro­vide them with the ex­tra sup­port they need to ex­cel in their stud­ies.

“We hope stu­dents will reap the ben­e­fits of the por­tal.”

EduNa­tion and the Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry col­lab­o­rated to make the free con­tent avail­able on a por­tal

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