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Contributed by Anonymous on Monday, March 14 @ 07:11:31 CDT

Tamil Schools
The Malay Mail,
Parents blame falling academic standards on bad management
Friday, March 11th, 2011 13:11:00
PROTEST: Parents in front of SJKT Vivekananda with posters demanding a change of the principal — Pic: Salhani Ibrahim
Some 500 parents of primary pupils at SJK (Tamil) Vivekananda in Jalan Templer, Section 8, here staged a peaceful demonstration in front of the school compound yesterday, calling on the Education Department to remove the headmaster who has been there since 2004.

The gathering, organised by the school's ad hoc Parent Teacher Association (PTA), started at 11am with parents carrying banners and placards declaring their dissatisfaction with pupils' academic performances which they claimed declined over the past seven years. According to PTA records, the school achieved 70 per cent passes in UPSR (Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah, for Standard Six pupils) in 2004 but this gradually dropped to 30 per cent last year. The PTA said in 2004 and in the following years there were annual intakes of 230 to 250 new pupils. This dwindled to 117 this year when parents pulled back 41 pupils, claiming the school's poor administration as the reason. S. Sivaraja, 40, a parent, said his two children were lucky to be in the first two classes of their grade. "This school only pays attention to the first two class of each grade while the last three to four classes are neglected." "The school has a state-of-the-art library but only pupils from the first two classes of each grade are allowed to use the library. Pupils are also not allowed to pick books of their choice. Why should that be?" Another parent, T. Muniandy, 49, claimed the headmaster wears 10 rings on his fingers. This did not project a good image to children. "When parents approach the headmaster on pressing issues, he always comes up with excuses, such as the pupils are poor in their studies because they come from poor families and that parents did not help children in studies and that pupils were incapable of excelling." Anita Manidas, 42, claimed her child often returned from school with stomach aches. "I believe this is due to the junk food and carbonated drinks sold in the canteen. In fact, my child was hospitalised in January for food poisoning after consuming canteen food," she said. "The makeshift canteen was poorly constructed. When I raised this matter with the headmaster, he said the government was not helping the school." When The Malay Mail contacted the headmaster, he said he was not allowed to speak to the Press. However, a department officer said they had yet to receive a formal report on the parents' demonstration. Inaction despite complaints to higher authorities PETALING JAYA: E. Kamalanathan, a representative of the ad hoc Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) of SJK (Tamil) Vivekananda primary school, claims they raised grouses about the school's falling standards and other problems, to various authorities since 2008. "Over the past three years, we brought the matter to the attention of the Petaling District Education Deparment, the Selangor Education Department, the Education Ministry and even the Prime Minister's office but until now, nothing had been done," he told a Press conference yesterday after some 500 parents staged a peaceful demonstration in front of the school. "Rural schools in Sarawak achieve 100 per cent passes in UPSR and yet SJK (Tamil) Vivekananda which is in the city had only 30 per cent passes last year." Kamalanathan claimed last year, the headmaster asked the PTA to pay the school's ac*****ulated electricity bill which was about RM5,000. "When questioned why the school could not pay, he did not give us a satisfactory answer. "How long more must students and their parents endure such poor administration?"



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