Monday, March 1, 2010

55% UPSR failure rate in Tamil schools. 77.4% failure rate at Sungai Besi Tamil School. No special unit to address. But UMNOs’ Special Unit for rural

No special unit to address this issue. But UMNO’s Special Unit for rural (malay muslim) schools on track.

This Special Unit was announced by UMNO’s Deputy Education Minister (NST 22/2/10 at page 4). But UMNO has zero plans to address the 55% failure rate as mentioned by Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim (TN 6/1/10 at page 4).

At the SRJKT Sg Besi (near the army camp) out of 53 students who sat for the Standard Five Pejabat Pelajaran Daerah (PPD) exams only 12 out of 53 pupils (22.6%) passed all subjects. This failure rate is presumably based on students failing one to all seven (7) subjects.

Although the issue is grave the 82 Opposition PR MPs’ choose to sidestep this Tamil school critically high dropout rate as the Indians are not politically empowered to speak up for themselves and neither do they have the economic power. Thus they are seen as soft targets by both UMNO and also PKR, DAP and PAS and hence are abandoned. Raising Indian issues may not be rewarding for them.

To move on and the way forward is as per “Indian political empowerment strategy – the way forward”

P. Uthayakumar