Where’s The Solution? Who’s Responsible?
Tamil School My Choice being the current campaign for Tamil School enthusiast who wants to attract more people into Tamil Schools. This campaign sees opposite view where people decline to send their students to Tamil Schools for numerous reasons. But, all of them agreed that Tamil Schools need to transform to an institution that gives quality education in a better environment. The most important prerequisite for this is that the community must assume a larger role in the affairs of Tamil school which now rare. A larger portion of our community may not be sending our children to Tamil schools and ask the pertinent question why we should get involved. We want to breed a winning horse to preserve our language and culture as the Chinese and Malay communities are doing. We do not want our children to be de-culturalised at the expense of materialism. But what is the solution? How well the lawmakers from state and central government highlight ground issues of Tamil Schools in respective state assembly and parliament? The answer for questions above will transpire how serious our community is in solving Tamil School issues.
If we have a narrow choice between Tamil education and a secure future without Tamil education, I do not have to ask what most of our Indian parents will choose for their children! But if we have a choice of Mother tongue education and a secured materialistic future then we will be foolish not to go for it. It matters a lot to us when our children are not able to speak an alien language such as English and Bahasa Malaysia well, but it never rubbed our ego when they are not able to speak their very own mother tongue, the language we speak in since birth, well.
The Indian community intentionally or unintentionally has reduced the Tamil school system to the status of a leper to keep away from! The community has made the Tamil school untouchable! We pass the Tamil school and take a cursory look at it. Are there dogs and cats? They have our most prized treasures, our children. Is it their fault they are there or our fault that were not helping them? We now, need a prophet to cleanse it and make it acceptable to the community?
Is it strange that the only people clamoring for the closure of Tamil schools are Indians themselves? Is this an indication that the community lacks pride and passion for its culture and mother tongue or does it also lack of self-pride, self-respect and self-esteem that the Chinese and Malays have for themselves and their culture? It is possible that this may be one important reason for backwardness? Is it possible that to camouflage our discomfort on this matter, we have put forward our strongest arguments that vernacular education is contrary to national integration and should be done away with? Tamil education has been the thorniest issues for the Indian community.
Tamil schools have the community’s asset that should never be lost. They are our last bastion of hope and pride since we are weak economically and politically. We are duty bound to put our shoulders to the Tamil school wheels and ensure they succeed. The question of closure of Tamil schools is irrelevant in the context of the attraction of linguistic, cultural diversity and its potential benefits. The lobby for closure of Tamil schools must be pronounced dead and buried. The new mantra should be excellence in the quality of Tamil education with trilingual proficiency. The Tamil school should be the soul of the community.
Can we sit back and think for a moment to convince ourselves that we, with our brain power, creative intelligence, and our unified financial resources, limited though it maybe, cannot transform the Tamil school system into a premier educational institution and won’t that success make us all proud of ourselves? Instead, why we have been throwing scorn and mockery at it? Will ‘Tamil School My Choice’ campaign be a mere wish or a reality?
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