PETALING JAYA, June 29- Thirteen Tamil primary schools (SJKT) have been selected to receive an immediate disbursement of RM20 million to upgrade their infrastructure.
Deputy Education Minister II P. Kamalanathan (photo) said each school would receive between RM50,000 and RM4.5 million under the Action Plan for the Future of Tamil Schools.
“The allocation will be used for building classrooms, fences and canteens, upgrade dressing rooms and libraries, field maintenance, security system, and others, depending on the schools’ needs,” he told reporters after launching the Special Allocation meeting for government SJKT, here, yesterday.
The schools are SJKT Lorong Jawa in Negeri Sembilan; SJKT Menglembu, SJKT Kerajaan and SJKT Gunung Rapat in Perak; SJKT Persiaran Raja Muda Musa, SJKT Ampang and SJKT Dengkil in Selangor; SJKT Masai in Johor; SJKT Mentakab in Pahang; SJKT Barathy in Kedah; SJKT Durian Tunggal in Melaka; SJKT Permatang Tinggi in Penang and SJKT Cheras in Kuala Lumpur.
Kamalanathan said the move was the first phase, to be followed by the second phase towards a more optimum system for students, teachers and school management.
He said the government had allocated RM540 million to upgrade the infrastructure in the 523 SJKT in the country.
On the entry quota for Indian SPM school leavers into matriculation, he said the ministry would increase the number of places for them from time to time in view of the improvement in their academic performance.
“Initially, the ministry provided 1,500 places but because of the increasingapplications, the ministry had added another 350 places to make the quota1,850,” he said.