Tamil school teachers urged to help improve students' BM proficiency

GENTING HIGHLANDS: Teachers in Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Tamil (SJKT) are urged to help improve fluency and proficiency in Bahasa Melayu among Tamil students.

MIC president Datuk Seri Dr. S. Subramaniam said the move was to mentally prepare Tamil students for a new school culture when they enter secondary school.

"The challenge of attending national secondary schools is the multicultural aspect that demands that the Tamil students mix with students of other races.

"So, to deal with this problem, they need to be fluent and proficient in the Malay language ... otherwise, they will lack confidence, feel isolated and find it difficult to interact with students of other races," he said.

He was speaking at a press conference after officiating the 2018 national level SJKT Principals Management Symposium at Aminuddin Baki Institute, here today.

Also present was Deputy Education Minister Datuk P. Kalamanathan.

There are about 90,000 Tamil students from 524 SJKTs nationwide.

In addition, Dr. Subramaniam, who is also Health Minister, wants the involvement of parents in line with the advancement of education at schools to improve student achievement in schools.

He said despite the existence of the Parent Teacher Association (PTA), achieving academic success would be difficult but if there was no direct involvement of parents.

The inaugural symposium involved 570 education officials, 523 SJKT principals, and 47 Tamil schools officials from across the country.

The three-day symposium, among others, aims to empower SJKT headmasters on school system management, school financial management, and efficient student management system. — Bernama