GEORGE TOWN: One of the oldest Tamil schools in Penang, Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Tamil (SJKT) Sungai Ara, has received funding from the federal government to upgrade and repair the school’s facilities in line with its increasing enrolment.
The school’s Governing Board chairman, K. Nadarajan said the school had requested for funds from the federal government five months ago and received RM 541,200 last month.
He is thankful to Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, the Education Ministry, State Education Department, Penang Tamil Schools supervisor, SJKT Sungai Ara and its teachers for the cooperation given in obtaining the funds.
“It will be used to renovate and repaint the school, as well as for electrical and roofing works as the roof has been leaking,” he said at a press conference here today, adding that the last major renovation was done five years ago.
The school which now has 135 students and 14 teachers, is expected to receive an increased number of new students next year based on the 15 per cent increase recorded last year.
For the record, SJKT Sungai Ara received the Best Programme Special Award in the category for schools with less than 250 students from the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organisation (SEAMEO) and Japan’s Ministry of Education in 2018. -Bernama