Perak is the first state in the country to implement measures to empower and improve education in national-type (Tamil) primary schools.
Menteri Besar Dato’ Seri DiRaja Zambry Abd Kadir said, among the measures taken included the approval of 2000 acres of land for the development of Indian education in the state. The state government had earlier given RM1 million to the special education fund for Indians.
Addressing the press at a cheque-presentation ceremony to three Perak Tamil schools at the State Secretariat Building recently, he said, “This special allocation does not include general education aid enjoyed by Indian students.”
Present at the ceremony were the coordinator of the Action Plan for the Future of Tamil Schools from the Prime Minister’s Department, Professor Datuk Dr N.S. Rajendran, Executive Councillor for Green Technology, Environment, Science, and Education, Dr Muhammad Amin Zakaria, Perak MIC Chairman Dato’ R. Ganesan and Indian affairs adviser to the Menteri Besar, V. Elango.
The three schools who received a total of RM5.15 million in allocation were SJKT Menglembu (RM3.5 mil), SJKT Kerajaan Sungai Pari (RM1.5 mil) and SJKT Gunung Rapat (RM150,000).
Zambry said that the government would fulfill the pledges made. He reassured that the government would not compromise on issues relating to education and poverty as they affected everyone.