Initially to open at the start of the academic year, four new Tamil schools are facing a slight delay and is now scheduled to open by February /March 2020.
Johor state Unity, Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Committee chairman Dr S. Ramakrishnan said that the construction of these schools had already been completed.
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“They are just waiting to get the necessary approval from the relevant agencies and departments. Hopefully, they can start either in February or March when the pupils can relocate to the new buildings, ” he said during a visit to SJK (T) Tun Dr Ismail in Simpang Renggam.
The four schools are SJK (T) Bandar Sri Alam in Johor Bahru, SJK (T) Ladang Niyor in Kluang, SJK (T) Jalan Tajul in Kota Tinggi and SJK (T) Kulai Oil Palm in Kulai.
The schools would be an addition to the current 70 Tamil schools in Johor. The Star has previously reported that several Tamil schools in Johor were facing some construction delay problems.
SJK (T) Tun Dr Ismail faced similar problems that included delays in construction, Ramakrishnan said.
“SJK (T) Tun Dr Ismail received a letter from the Education Ministry that it could move into the new building on 31st December 2019 but because of the delay, only seven new pupils have registered for the new school term,” he said, adding that more students would register there in 2021.”
He thanked Simpang Renggam MP Dr Maszlee Malik who had helped to speed up the application process of the school during his time as the education minister.
However, two more Tamil schools are still needed in Layang-Layang and Senai, he further added.