The state government has allocated RM50,000 for Tamil schools in Perak. The money will be utilised to improve students’ performance via custom-made programmes aimed at achieving a definitive target. Yayasan Bina Upaya Darul Ridzuan (YBU) has been tasked to organise, conduct and coordinate these programmes based on current needs.
The emphasis, according to Dato’ Mohammad Zahir Abdul Khalid, executive councillor for Education, Human Resources and ICT, will be on motivation, tutorials and related co-curriculum activities of relevance to the students. “We’ll concentrate on rural Tamil schools, especially those in the estates which are out of mainstream developments,” said Mohammad in his address at the close of the 1Malaysia Seminar held at YBU hall in Greentown Square, Ipoh recently.
The one-day seminar was attended by 130 headmasters of Tamil schools from outlying areas of Perak. The objective of the forum was to impress upon the participants the responsibilities they play as educators within the Indian community.
“The school heads will act as agents to disseminate information on development programmes to estate folks. They’ll also be our sources of information,” said V. Elango, YBU’s 1Malaysia Unit chief. More of such seminars will be held in the months ahead. “We’ll invite Indian NGOs to participate in the next seminar.”
The seminar, among others, dwells on the concepts of 1Malaysia and Perak Amanjaya. The discussion is being conducted by staff of Institute Darul Ridzuan.
On a related matter, YBU has produced a song book in English and Tamil along with a CD for distribution to Tamil pre-school pupils in the state. “These educational aids can help enhance pupils’ performance,” Elango remarked.