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SJKT St Joseph’s plight highlighted AGAIN

January 21st, 2013
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I searched my own blog and found that SJKT St Joseph was in the limelight way back in January 2011. Its been 2 years since then, and we just at the stage of  “identified land for relocation” and “waiting for decision”. Aren’t we ashamed to say such things? By now the new building should be under construction lah!

The school boasts of high achievers who had gone on to be politicians, newscasters, businesswomen etc, but their alma mater is still like this.

This school is took the best SJKT award for best UPSR results and percentage of “cemerlang A” for 2012 (refer here). In my books this is a high performing school. Nothing much given, yet able to get some good results.

I hope we don’t read about the same problem in another 2 years time!


Stuffy: The store room doubles as a library but because of the lack of space, the pupils have to take their books outside to read them.

Stuffy: The store room doubles as a library but because of the lack of space, the pupils have to take their books outside to read them.

THE Tamil primary girls school in Sentul, Kuala Lumpur may be sitting on prime land in the bustling new township with modern facilities, but there is nothing modern or new about the school which still stands on wooden stilts.

Old, rickety and leaking, the 89-year-old SJK(T) St Joseph, like the proverbial grandfather’s clock, is still ticking, but barely. And parents are pleading for a new building with proper facilities for their children.

Built in 1924, the school does not have a canteen, field, library, science lab or computer room.

Termite-infested: The original facade of the 89-year-old school sits on stilts until today.
Termite-infested: The original facade of the 89-year-old school sits on stilts until today.

Its pupils sit under trees to eat their lunch and have been using the roadside for sports activities for the past nine decades.

What’s worse, matters have come to a head now because the owner of the land has told the school authorities to relocate.

“We are in limbo,” said the school’s parent-teacher association (PTA) chairman Alice Fatimah.

“The land belongs to the St Joseph’s church and they had allowed us to stay here all this time.

“Now, we have been told to move. We have been asking the government for a new site but nothing has happened,’’ said the 42-year-old.

The situation has made the school’s predicament worse as it is unable to even upgrade its faciltiesnow.

“We received some funds from the Education Ministry last year to repair the leaking roof and termite-infested building, but we do not know what to do now,” she said.

PTA deputy chairman Kobi Subramaniam said there was also talk that the school may be shut down for safety reasons.

“This has led to a drop in enrolment. We used to get 190 pupils per new intake but now, the number has dropped to 135,”’ he said.

Former student Parameswary Thanapal, 48, said she was disappointed that her daughter, Sanjena Kumari, nine, was suffering the same fate she did almost 40 years ago.

“There were no basic facilities then, no canteen, library or a proper toilet during the 1970s when I was schooling here. To see my daughter having to go through the same situation is just not right.’’

Sharing Parameswary’s sentiments is Vijaya Letchumi, 53, whose daughter had studied at SJK(T) St Joseph and now, her granddaughter is a pupil at the school.

“It breaks my heart that my daughter had to suffer such discomfort just to get an education and now, it’s my granddaughter. Things must change,’’ she said.

A check by StarMetro showed that the school is in a dilapidated state, with leaking roof and toilets.

The stilts that hold up the structure are termite-infested.

An old steel cabinet is the “Kedai Buku’’, while a storeroom has been turned into a mini library.

“As you can see, there is hardly space for the pupils to read here. They have to take the books outside and find a place to read them,’’ said Alice, adding that as there was no science lab, experiments were conducted in a classroom, posing danger to the children.

The school also does not have a computer room and the teachers staff room is cramped.

Despite these problems, school headmistress B. Valarmathi said the pupils were doing well in their examinations.

“We have produced high-achievers,” she said proudly, adding that some had even become politicians, newscasters and businesswomen.

“We have been judged as the best Tamil school in terms of academic results for several years in a row now,’’ she said.

“Imagine what these girls can achieve with better facilities.’’

The partially-aided school has five classrooms, 135 pupils and 15 teachers.

Meanwhile, Deputy Federal Terri-tories and Urban Wellbeing Minister Datuk M. Saravanan said the government had identified a three-acre land near the Batu People’s Housing Scheme (PPR) in Kuala Lumpur to relocate the school.

He said the land belonging to the Education Ministry would be ideal for the school and could also accommodate a football field..

“We are waiting for a decision and hopefully, it will be positive,” he said.


1191 Tamil school students get 7As

November 17th, 2011
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A total of 1191 students from Tamil schools got 7As in UPSR this year, a vast increase compared to 808 last year (increased 383 or 32%).  Consider the relatively bad conditions and lack of facilities in many schools, this is a very good achievement.

SJKT Simpang Lima is the best school with about 51 (I think, since heard it on radio vaguely) students with 7As. Total 7As students in Selangor is 330.

Kudos to the students, teachers and school management, PTAs, donors, wellwishes, state and federal governments, and the political parties for the support wherever possible.

I hope to get the overall stats on passing rates as well, and hopefully it will spur more parents to consider Tamil schools.

Statistics on UPSR results

April 24th, 2010
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This news came out some time back. Blogging it for future use.
Meanwhile, Subramaniam, who is also MIC secretary-general, said children of Malaysian Indians aged between 4 and 6 years old should be sent to pre-school as they would be able to learn with ease when they move on to primary school.
“Currently, 10 to 15 per cent of students in Tamil schools who move to Year Four do not have a basic grasp of reading, writing and calculating.
“If we start them young, they would be able to pick these skills well when they move to upper primary classes.
“For students sitting the Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah, 40 per cent of them now fail at least one of the seven subjects they take.
“Our aim is to bring the figure down to 20 per cent and in the long-term, ensure all students from Tamil schools achieve a 100 per cent pass in the exam.”

Should Science and Maths be taught in Tamil or English?

December 22nd, 2008
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This poll is specifically for parents and parents-to-be, with intention of sending their children to Tamil schools or who children are in Tamil school. Others need not reply.

Should Science and Maths be taught in Tamil or English?

A. Tamil
B. English.

Some additional info::

1. The time allocated for Science and Maths is about 90 minutes per week, according to a concerned parent. Thus teaching these subjects in English does not in any way harm the teaching of Tamil. The results of Tamil UPSR exam has not been adversely affected.

2. Chinese schools have a education pathway all the way to degree (Hong Kong, Taiwan, China), thus they can afford to study in Chinese. Whereas for Indians, we only have tamil education up to primary level.

3. A teacher who marks exam paper says that for Maths, most of the answers are involving numbers. Answering Maths paper with one or two English words means the students is deemed to have “Answered in English”. So, he says the statistics shown on UPSR results does not necessarily reflect the actual situation.

4. There are worries by some quarters that by relinquishing Science and Maths in Tamil, more non-Tamil teachers will be drafted into Tamil schools, and slowly the schools will be “converted”. Thus, its better to use Tamil instead of English.

5. More educational materials are available in English, so it will be helpful for teachers, parents, and students if English is used.

HINDRAF linked with LTTE and RSS

December 8th, 2007
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Hmmm…how stupid of the hindraf organisers to announce that they want to meet terrorists. for sure cannot la. want to meet foreign groups/leaders, also condemned. Want to meet PM, also condemned. Who else is left to meet? but they are asked to discuss and channel their problems. to who? i am more confused 🙂

Link is with Tamil Tigers and India’s RSS, says Nazri


KUALA KANGSAR: The Government has identified the overseas groups linked to Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf). Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Aziz said the groups are Sri Lanka’s Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and the RSS, a militant organisation in India. Speaking to reporters yesterday after presenting gifts to UPSR excellent students at Kati, near here, Mohamed Nazri said this was from statements of Hindraf leaders who went overseas to garner support that they would meet LTTE leaders. “As we know, the LTTE has been declared a terrorist group by the United Nations and the United States. 

“If it is true that Hindraf leaders have links with them, Hindraf is also a terrorist group,” he said yesterday, adding that the Government was closely monitoring the activities of Hindraf leaders. Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan was reported to have said yesterday that there were signs lately that Hindraf was trying to garner support from terrorist groups. 

He said Hindraf had also set up a fund by misleading the public into believing that the money was to finance its activities. 

On accusations by Ipoh Barat MP M. Kulasegaran that the A-G was pressuring the judiciary by leading the prosecution team charging Hindraf supporters, Mohamed Nazri said being the country’s top lawyer, the A-G could act for the Government in any court in the country. “The A-G’s job is to prosecute. The fact that the A-G is involved shows the seriousness of the matter as it can affect the country’s peace,” he added. 

On calls by the Pertubuhan Pembela Islam (Pembela) that Hindraf be banned, Mohamed Nazri said the Government would do so if the group was linked with the LTTE. In Shah Alam, Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patil said detailed investigations would be carried out to determine the alleged link between Hindu Rights Action Force and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam. 

He told reporters that a police report had been lodged that Hindraf members were going out to contact the LTTE. “These are serious allegations and we believe that investigations have to be done,” added Abdul Gani. In Penang, DAP national chairman Karpal Singh said the leaders of the Hindu Rights Action Force should be given the opportunity to explain the reasons behind the demonstration. He added that the presence of thousands of Indians at the demonstration was cause for concern and reason enough to assume that the problems of the community ought to be addressed.