KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 5 (Bernama) -- The MIC will support the implementation of the Vision School or "Sekolah Wawasan" concept and urged the government to speed up the project, its president Datuk Seri S.Samy Vellu said Friday.
He said the party was puzzled over the delay in the project's implementation although the MIC was in favour of it since it was mooted by former Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad almost a decade ago.
"It has been 10 years since the project was started, but up till now, only five or six such schools have been built," he told reporters after opening a forum to discuss the use of English in the teaching of Maths and Science in Tamil schools, here.
The one-day forum was attended by Tamil school headmasters and Education Ministry officials.
The Vision School concept involves the integration of national and vernacular schools under one roof or compound, although each school would its identity and name.
Dr. Mahathir mooted the idea to allow for children from all races to interact as a means fostering unity while maintaining the respective school's status.
Samy Vellu said although some quarters were against the Vision School, the MIC felt it was "a good and beneficial project" as Tamil schools would be equipped with new buildings and equipment since the project was funded totally by the government.
Presently, 329 of the 523 Tamil schools in the country are partially-aided and require funding from the government on an annual basis.
He also said the project would ensure the survival of Tamil schools which currently has a total enrollment of almost 110,000 students.
The government had recently allocated RM50 million under the stimulus package to rebuild Tamil schools for 2009.
Samy Vellu also said a special forum with Parents Teachers Association (PTA) will be held on Dec 14, 2008 from 1pm to 6pm in Kuala Lumpur to get the parents' feedback on the teaching of Maths and Science in English in Tamil schools.
"Only after that, we will submit to the Government our decision as the parents are the most important stakeholders in this matter," he said.
PTAs are advised to contact MIC Education Committee Chairman Datuk Dr. T.Marimuthu at 016-2019466 or K.Manikam from the Social Strategic Foundation at 03-40415958.
tunku : it was a brilliant idea by tun mahathir but some quarters especially the dong ziong group opposed this concept totally.for this i have to say that samy and mic had always supported the vision school (sekolah wawasan) idea but mca and gerakan show lack of interest and of course the opposition was against it..the malay, chinese and tamil schools under one campus, with their own way of teaching but sharing canteens, sharing morning assembly, participating in social activities together like the scouts etc and in the sports activities by mixing all the races.i don't understand why there are some quarters opposing to this idea.the schools will have their own teachers and their own headmasters, so what is the problem?