Liaison With The Government Through KDM
As soon as we started operating Punjabi classes, contacts were made with the Education Department Perak followed by the Education Ministry Malaysia and currently we are in the process of knocking the door of the Government itself.
Our requirements range from facilities, finances, teacher-training courses, textbooks, transport and man power. The requirements by the Ministry Of Education that there must be at least 15 students per standard or form to request for the teaching of vernacular language and a qualified teacher to teach the language. By virtue of being small in population and thinly spread out, we hardly have 15 Punjabi students in the whole school, leave alone in a standard or form. Even if there are 15 students, it becomes extremely difficult to find a Punjabi Language qualified teacher as the government does not train Punjabi medium language teachers.
We have prepared a comprehensive memorandum on the problems of teaching and learning of the Punjabi language in Malaysia. This memorandum has been handed over to the Prime Minister’s Department and we aim meet The H’ble Prime Minister on this issue soon.
We are always putting forth our grievances to the government from time to time. We have been given permission from time to time to conduct our Punjabi Classes on Saturdays in Government or Government-aided schools.
Since 2009, we have received some financial aid from the Government to help us run the Centres in various towns, but it is not sufficient.
We look forward to the Governments’ continued support.