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Educators against plan to combine classes

EDUCATORS are against the proposal to have combined classes at Chinese vernacular schools with fewer than 30 pupils, reported Sin Chew Daily.

A survey conducted by the United Chinese School Teachers’ Asso­ciation – also known as Jiao Zong – showed that 92% of such schools disagreed with the proposed move.

The move, they said, would be detrimental to the learning experience of pupils while the reduction in the number of teachers would affect the school’s operations.

“This is very unfair to students,” Jiao Zong told the daily.

Deputy Education Minister Datuk Chong Sin Woon was earlier reported as saying that it planned to combine Year Two and Three classes as well as those of Year Four and Year Five at schools with fewer than 30 pupils.

He said this would allow teachers to be sent to schools which were facing a shortage of teaching staff.

However, Jiao Zong said schools with low pupil population were usually in rural areas and needed as much support from the ministry as possible to close the rural-urban gap. But it agreed with the ministry’s plans to merge or relocate these schools.

Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid had said that some 176 schools nationwide might be closed or merged because they had fewer than 20 students.

> China Press reported that a businesswoman in Seremban lost more than RM200,000 after falling for a phone scam.

The 50-year-old received a phone call from a person claiming to be a Bank Negara officer on July 17, during which she was told that her identity had been stolen and her credit card misused.

Believing that the caller was a genuine Bank Negara officer trying to help her, she ended up transferring RM205,000 into what the con man claimed to be “Bank Negara secret accounts”.

She contacted the Chinese daily on Aug 1 to report the incident and to warn the public not to fall for such scams.

Found in translation is compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.