KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 15: A total of 158 out of 524 Tamil schools (SJKT) in the country are owned by the government, said Deputy Education Minister Senator Datuk Chong Sin Woon.
He said all the government-owned SJKTs were now situated either on the Federal Land Commissioner or state governments’ lands.
“The remaining 366 SJKTs are government-aided schools,” he said at the Dewan Negara sitting here today.
Chong was replying to a question by Senator Datuk Jaspal Singh Gurbakhes Singh on the number of Tamil schools built on government and private lands.
On the relocation of SJKTs to densely populated Indian community areas following the shortage of pupils and its location away from the urban areas, Chong said the matter was now subjected to approval by the Education Ministry.
“As for government-aided schools that wish to change the status to government schools, the site (land) of the school must be handed over to the government and (the government) will look at the liabilities such as the land premium,” he said.
Chong also said in addition, the schools’ board of governors and parent-teacher associations must unanimously agree to change the status.