RM100 million yearly fund to be given directly to Tamil schools, says Najib – Bernama

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Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak (pic) wants the RM100 million annual allocation for Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Tamil (SJKT) schools to be distributed directly to the schools' management of their Parent-Teacher Associations (PTAs).

Najib said this way, it would make it easier for all improvement plans for the schools to be executed more effectively.

Giving his assurance that the government would try to maintain the allocation to upgrade facilities including building new school blocks and increase classrooms at the more than 300 SJKTs throughout the country, Najib said he wanted all these to be expedited.

"I am not happy with the implementation rate. I do not know where the mistake lies. My responsibility as also the Finance Minister is to make available the funds. By right the money should be distributed directly to the schools. Do not fight to become contractors.

"Use the most cost effective methods and get on with the job. Time is of the essence. Don't waste anymore time," he said when launching the Action Plan for the Future of Tamil Schools at a leading hotel in Kuala Lumpur today.

The money is to be channelled to contractors appointed to undertake the projects.

The prime minister also stressed on the importance of mastering Bahasa Malaysia in SJKTs.

This was to enable their pupils to interact easily with other races when they enter secondary schools, he said.

He asked that the proficiency rate be raised further as compared to the current rate, which stands at 70%.

However, Najib said he was satisfied with their achievement in Science and Mathematics with the pass rate at 90%.

He said this stood in good stead for the community to see more Indians gaining entry into universities and produce more intellectuals, doctors and other professionals. – Bernama, February 15, 2014.

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