PUTRAJAYA, Jan 9 — A total of seven Tamil schools nationwide received RM110,000 each under a special allocation from Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to build preschool classrooms.
MIC president Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said the development of the preschools was to fulfil the early education needs of children from the Indian community and each preschool could accommodate 25 students, New Straits Times reported today.
“Under the government initiative in collaboration with Yayasan Rakyat 1Malaysia, Najib has agreed to allocate RM1.8 million to develop preschools in six Tamil schools,” Dr Subramaniam was quoted saying.
He added that the Socioeconomic Development of Indian Community Unit (Sedic) would also bear the furniture and equipment cost of RM10,000 for six schools listed under the development project.
Sedic was set up under the Prime Minister’s Department to address challenges facing the minority ethnic group.
Dr Subramaniam said the RM10 million budgeted last year was insufficient to accommodate the preschool enrolment after the fund was channeled to build 50 preschool classrooms in Tamil schools.