KUALA LUMPUR, July 6 (Bernama) -- There was no necessity for the MIC
president to chair the Maju Institute of Educational Development (MIED),
although it was an educational arm of the party, said former party
president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu.
As current MIED president, he said he would continue to hold on to the post, so long as he was healthy.
To a question on how long he intended to keep the post (MIED chairmanship), Samy Vellu said:
"Well, I am 75 years old now...I hope so (to hold on to the post
longer). Let me see if my health lasts (permits me to stay on) for two
or three years."
He was speaking to reporters after launching the Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) Modules 2011 here Wednesday.
Also present were Human Resources Minister Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam and
Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Deputy Minister Datuk M.
Samy Vellu urged the MIC to work closely with MIED to ensure Tamil
school students nationwide achieved excellence academically, and address
any shortage of learning materials.
"We anticipate about 900 students to score 7As in the UPSR examination
this year, as compared to 807 students last year," he said.
Samy Vellu also pointed out that the standard of Tamil schools had gone
up "very well" since 2003, as the MIED worked continuously to
distribute books containing UPSR modules annually.
A total of 17,944 standard six students from Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan
Tamil (SJKT) would each receive five copies of UPSR modules, while 2,000
copies of books on teacher's guide would for given to 521 Tamil schools
in the country.