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Govt Committed In Providing Quality Pre-School Education For Indian Community

Last update: 08/01/2018
PUTRAJAYA, Jan 8 (Bernama) -- The government is committed in providing quality pre-school education for the Indian community, MIC president Datuk Seri Dr S.Subramaniam said today.

He said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had announced an allocation of RM10 million in the 2017 Budget for the construction of 50 pre-school classes at SJKT nationwide.

Apart from that, he said, the government, through the Socio-Economic Development of the Indian Community (SEDIC) Unit under the Prime Minister's Department, also provided special allocation for purchase of equipment and furniture for new pre-schools.

"With these allocation, it is still not enough. As such, as a short term measure, the government supports non-government organisations that run pre-schools for children from the Indian community by allocating RM7 million to pay the salaries of the teachers.

"With this initiative, 7,000 additional students were able to attend pre-school before entering Year One," he said at the presentation of the Prime Minister's special allocation for purchase of equipment and furniture for new pre-school classes to seven SJKT here.

At the event, Dr Subramaniam, who is Health Minister, handed over special allocation of RM10,000 to pre-schools that are listed in the 1Malaysia Foundation sponsored pre-school construction project.

The schools are

SJKT Seaport ; SJKT Klebang, Perak; SJKT Ladang Bukit Bertam and SJKT Ladang Henriett, Kedah; SJKT Ladang Senawang, Negeri Sembilan; SJKT Pasir Gudang, Johor and SJKT Supramaniya Barathee, Penang.

He also said the government, through SEDIC, provided an additional allocation of RM50,000 to SJKT Persiaran Raja Muda Musa, Port Klang, for the construction of an additional building at the school.

Also present were Deputy Education Minister Datuk P. Kamalanathan and SEDIC director-general Prof Datuk Dr NS Rajendran.