Desa Mentari community welcomes new Tamil preschool

by yradmin |

PETALING JAYA, 7 April 2017 – The residents living in the vicinity of SJK(T) Seaport in Desa Mentari can now send their children to the school’s recently opened preschool. Built as a collaboration between Pelan Tindakan Masa Depan Sekolah-Sekolah Tamil (PTST) and Yayasan Rakyat 1Malaysia, the preschool aims to provide early childhood education for the Tamil speaking community in the neighbourhood, especially for children from lower income families.

Speaking at a media briefing at the school, Yayasan Rakyat 1Malaysia Chief Executive Officer Ung Su Ling said, “We are glad to have the opportunity to work with PTST on this initiative. Through it we have been able to complement the Government’s continued efforts to provide education to every child in the country while underlining our own commitment to help Malaysians from all walks of life.”

SJK(T) Seaport Headmistress V. Sivaparathy said the school and parents were grateful to the Prime Minister, YAB Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak who is also Chairman of Yayasan Rakyat 1Malaysia for the preschool and also for his constant concern for the Indian community in Malaysia. She is confident that with the preschool, a higher percentage of children joining Year 1 in the future will be school ready.

Coordinator of PTST Prof. Datuk Dr. N.S. Rajendran said, “To date, Malaysia is one of the few countries outside of Tamil Nadu, India that is investing in developing Tamil education. There are currently 194 Tamil vernacular schools providing preschool education and the plan is to increase this to 300 by 2020. We are confident that the Indian community will benefit further with increased access to early childhood education and that this will lead to even more improvement in the performance of Tamil schools.”

The preschool opened its doors on 3 January, 2017 and has 17 students currently. It has a capacity for 25 students. The preschool has one dedicated teacher, Shanti a/p Sokayah, for its students. Several other similar preschools are slated for development in the near future across the country.

Also present in the media briefing were the representatives from the Selangor Education Department namely the Head of Primary Schools Unit, Mohd Mohradi bin Mohd Mohlas; Senior Supervisor of Tamil Primary School, Muhamad Irwan bin Mohamed Yusi; Supervisor of Preschool Unit, Danyale Amaldass; and Assistant Public Relations Officer from the Petaling Utama District Education Office, Darnalis bin Abu Bakar.