Teo: We’ll tackle Tamil school is­sues one by one’

The Star Malaysia - - Nation - By VENESA DEVI news­[email protected]­tar.com.my

KULAI: The Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry will take one step at a time to solve is­sues faced by the 16 Tamil schools na­tion­wide that have not opened in time for the new school term that started two weeks ago.

Deputy Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Teo Nie Ching said that the min­istry needed to take a case-by-case ap­proach be­cause each of the af­fected schools have dif­fer­ent rea­sons for not be­ing awarded a Cer­tifi­cate of Fit­ness (CF).

“We are look­ing at it one by one and right now we will first iden­tify why these schools have not re­ceived the CF de­spite their con­struc­tion hav­ing been com­pleted.

“There is a school in Kulai here that has yet to re­ceive its CF be­cause it failed to ful­fil the re­quire­ments set by the Kulai Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil (MPKu) and we are work­ing with the coun­cil to find out how the is­sue can be re­solved,” she added.

Teo said this after launch­ing the Kulai Dis­trict Ed­u­ca­tion and In­no­va­tion Award cer­e­mony here on Sun­day.

“We need to sit down with the rel­e­vant par­ties, in­clud­ing the Pub­lic Works Depart­ment (JKR) and lo­cal coun­cils, to look into the is­sues,” she added.

It was ear­lier re­ported that 16 Tamil schools na­tion­wide, in­clud­ing four in Johor, have not opened de­spite be­ing com­pleted for al­most two years due to var­i­ous is­sues.

In­dian Builders and Con­trac­tors As­so­ci­a­tion (IBC) pres­i­dent V.K. Regu said that all the schools had been com­pleted but were not handed over to the min­istry as they had prob­lems with ap­provals from lo­cal coun­cils and util­ity con­nec­tions.

In an un­re­lated mat­ter, Teo said that the Zero Re­ject Pol­icy im­ple­mented by the gov­ern­ment start­ing this year would be ben­e­fi­cial in im­prov­ing the ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem in Malaysia.

A lot of re­search has proven that an in­clu­sive style of ed­u­ca­tion will ben­e­fit both stu­dents with spe­cial needs as well as nor­mal stu­dents.

The min­istry hopes to get at least 75% of spe­cial needs stu­dents into the In­clu­sive Ed­u­ca­tion Pro­gram (PPI), she said, adding that there were about 83,598 spe­cial needs stu­dents na­tion­wide as of Oc­to­ber last year.

Un­der the Zero Re­ject Pol­icy, state ed­u­ca­tion de­part­ments and dis­trict ed­u­ca­tion of­fices must ap­prove the ap­pli­ca­tions from all spe­cial needs stu­dents and also en­sure that schools are able to cater to their ba­sic needs.

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