Govt plans to build day- care centres to reduce social ills among teens

KUALA LUMPUR: The government plans to set up day-care centres for secondary school students in the bid to reduce social issues among teenagers, says MIC president Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam.

For starters, he said the centres which would provide proper after-school facilities and activities for students would be planned in three states, namely Johor Bahru, Selangor and Negeri Sembilan.

"The day-care centres can be very useful, especially for students from non-conducive family background besides preventing them from being involved in unhealthy activities. The plan has been ongoing since 2010 and only received conceptual approval from the prime minister last year," he told reporters today after handling over a letter of approval for the construction of SJK (T) Heawood in Perak.

Dr Subramaniam, who is also health minister said SJK (T) Heawood was the 529th Tamil school in the country and its construction was expected to be completed by December next year. "The school will have a total of 12 classrooms, along with other facilities, and the construction cost is worth a total of RM12.45 million," he added. — Bernama