Relocation of Tamil schools to urban area to complete in 5 to 10 years

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MIC president Datuk Seri Dr S.Subramaniam said that the relocation process was in line with the move of Indian community out of estate areas to major cities and new townships. — File pic

 

SEPANG, July 31 — The relocation of national-type Tamil schools (SJKT) from estate to urban areas is expected to complete in five to 10 years’ time, said MIC president Datuk Seri Dr S.Subramaniam.

Dr Subramaniam, who is also Health Minister, said for the ongoing first phase, the focus was to relocate 60 schools with less than 25 pupils to urban areas.

“Right now, there are SJKTs in urban areas with 2,000 pupils, which is clearly quite congested, and at the same time, we have SJKTs in estates without any students.

“So, those schools without students have to be relocated to urban areas,” he told reporters after officiating the new building for SJKT West Country (West) here today.

He said that the relocation process was in line with the move of Indian community out of estate areas to major cities and new townships.

Dr Subramaniam said apart from the relocation process, the quality of education at SJKTs was now getting better with 70 per cent of its teachers were university graduates.

On the newly-launched school building, Dr Subramaniam said the government had allocated RM2.98 billion for the construction of the three-storey building with 12 classrooms.

“This school has 117 pupils and the numbers is expected to grow from time to time with massive development in its surrounding areas,” he added.

According to previous media reports, the government had allocated a total of RM740 million specifically for development, renovation and maintenance for all SJKTs nationwide since 2010.

The upgrading works at SJKT West Country was the first of its kind for Tamil schools in the country.

It opened its door to children of West Country Estate in 1967. — Bernama

Source: Malay Mail

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Teachers’ vital role

Sunday, 31 July 2016

Working together: Chong (second from left) with (from left) Gamuda Land chief operating officer Ngan Chee Meng, Teo and the Education Ministry’s Private Education Division deputy director Ahmad Lotfi Zubir after the launching.

Working together: Chong (second from left) with (from left) Gamuda Land chief operating officer Ngan Chee Meng, Teo and the Education Ministry’s Private Education Division deputy director Ahmad Lotfi Zubir after the launching.

Eaton International School chief executive officer Datuk Felician Teo believes its teachers play a role.

“There are some international schools which use ternational curriculum but most of their teachers are locals.

“It doesn’t mean local teachers can’t teach an international curriculum but they are not trained or certified to do so,” he said during a press conference last week before the launching of the school’s new campus in Jade Hills, Kajang.

 The school currently sits in an interim campus with an occupancy of 400 students.

A collaboration with Gamuda Land, Eaton International School will open its new campus in September and hopes to have at least 600 students for the new school year.

It has a British curriculum and at the same time, offers Chinese Language and Bahasa Malaysia to all students.

Founded in 2013, Eaton Interna-tional School’s first phase is able to accommodate up to 1,200 students.

“We are focused on being a full fledged international school.

“Not only do we offer an international curriculum, but our teachers are expatriate teachers,” said Teo.

Aside from having mostly expat teachers, the school adopts an international ethos.

Students from preschool, primary and secondary levels are offered a variety of co-curricular activities such as fencing, taekwondo and drama.

Deputy Education Minister Senator Chong Sin Woon who launched the school campus, congratulated Gamuda Land and the international school.

“I hope that both parties will take their collaboration further to develop more opportunities to benefit the local community,” he said.

Chong said international schools in the country have mushroomed from 34 in 2006 to 116 this year.

He said these schools served as an alternative for parents who can afford them.

Sumber:  The Star Online –  http://www.thestar.com.my/news/education/2016/07/31/teachers-vital-role/

Mahdzir: Vaccinate pupils in Years 4 and 5

Sunday, 31 July 2016

THE Education Ministry is keen that screenings are conducted soon to identify students who had missed being immunised.

He said the ministry supported the Health Ministry’s decision to begin immunisation screenings soon.

“We estimate about 7,000 primary schools nationwide will be involved in the screening,” he said.

This was to make sure that children were not infected with the bacteria that caused diphtheria in the wake of recent deaths.

A total of 16 cases had been recorded nationwide with six cases being recorded in Penang.

Children can be easily infected by the virus compared to adults.

“On our part, we’ve set up a database and the district education offices are also ready,” he said at a recent event at Universiti Tun Hussein Onn in Batu Pahat,Johor.

He said administering the vaccines at school would make it easier for parents and teachers to monitor and manage the process. – Bernama

Sumber:  The Star Online –http://www.thestar.com.my/news/education/2016/07/31/mahdzir-vaccinate-pupils-in-years-4-and-5/