Chi­nese schools not im­ped­ing unity

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PETALING JAYA: Ver­nac­u­lar schools are not a hin­drance to na­tional unity, said MCA Youth Ed­u­ca­tion Bureau Na­tional chair­man Lim Ching Hao.

Lim was re­spond­ing to com­ments by Umno Youth exco mem­ber Shahril Ham­dan, who called for the gov­ern­ment to re­duce fi­nan­cial aid or gov­ern­ment recog­ni­tion for ver­nac­u­lar ed­u­ca­tion and that he would op­pose ef­forts to recog­nise the United Ex­am­i­na­tion Cer­tifi­cate (UEC).

Lim said at the re­cently con­cluded MCA an­nual gen­eral meet­ing, Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Ab­dul Razak had re­sponded pos­i­tively to MCA’s re­quest for more Chi­nese pri­mary schools.

Na­jib had also pledged to work closely with MCA to build more ver­nac­u­lar schools for the Chi­nese com­mu­nity, he added.

He said the Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry re­vealed that the num­ber of non-Chi­nese pupils at­tend­ing Chi­nese na­tional ver­nac­u­lar schools (SJKC) had in­creased steadily by 20.7% be­tween 2010 and 2014.

“In cer­tain Chi­nese pri­mary schools, en­rol­ment of non-Chi­nese have over­taken the num­ber of Chi­nese pupils ... for ex­am­ple, SJKC Aik Keow in Pe­naga and SJKC Kou Hua in Kuala Nerang (Pe­nang), SJKC Wai Sin in Parit Bun­tar and SJKC Chong Wah in Se­mang­gol (Perak),” Lim said in a state­ment yes­ter­day.

He said tak­ing th­ese statis­tics into ac­count, halt­ing al­lo­ca­tions to ver­nac­u­lar schools will af­fect the ed­u­ca­tional devel­op­ment of mul­tira­cial Malaysians.

“The growth of non-Chi­nese stu­dents in ver­nac­u­lar schools is recog­ni­tion by the masses that Chi­nese ver­nac­u­lar schools are do­ing well and it is the pride of not just the Chi­nese com­mu­nity but the whole na­tion.”

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