Report: Nearly 20pc of SJKC students in 2020 were non-Chinese, data shows

Almost 20 per cent of students in Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Cina (SJKC) in 2020 were not of Chinese ethnicity as more ethnic Malay, Indian, Orang Asli and foreign students enrolled in Chinese vernacular schools, local Malay daily Sinar Harian reported today.

(MMO) – Data from the Ministry of Education, the Chinese School Committee Association, and the Malaysian Chinese School Teachers Association also known as Dong Jiao Zong, showed an uptrend in the number of non-ethnic Chinese students in Chinese vernacular schools.

Despite the rise, non-ethnic Chinese students struggle to learn the Chinese language.

SJKC Peng Hwa, Kota Tinggi, Johor, principal Sang Cze Leong said, “I always encourage parents to find outside help and suggest starting Chinese language classes for parents in schools.”

After the Primary School Achievement Test (UPSR) was abolished, pupils in the schools could learn without pressure, Sang said, as previously, students who underperformed were pressured to find alternate solutions, such as changing schools, to ensure they passed all subjects for the exams.

SJKC Cheng Ming, Keningau, Sabah, principal Chee Sui Fung further disclosed that parents do not enrol their children in another school immediately after discovering that their child has difficulty in reading and writing in Chinese.

Schools also do not ask parents to transfer their children to another school. Instead, teachers will contact the parents to find solutions for the student’s learning development, Chee told the daily.

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