JOHOR BARU: The Chinese community have been urged to look at the Education Ministry’s announcement of new schools in a positive light as it will benefit the younger generation.
Johor MCA liaison committee secretary Senator Chia Song Cheng said the building of 10 schools and the relocation of six other Chinese primary schools nationwide was proof that the Government values mother tongue education.
He said five of the 10 new schools would be located in Johor and they were SJK(C) Tan Sri Kuek Ho Yao, SJK(C) Datuk Sim Mow Yu, SJK(C) Tun H. S. Lee, SJK(C) Datuk Cheah Fah and SJK(C) Tan Kah Kee.
In addition to that, two schools will also be relocated – SJK(C) Poay Chai from Singkir, Kedah to Taman Bukit Indah here and SJK(C) Ladang Grisek from Bukit Gambir, Tangkak to Taman Kota Masai in Pasir Gudang.
The Pulai MCA division chief said that the opening of the seven schools would help deal with the high number of students enrolled in 26 Chinese primary schools in south Johor.
“Pupils studying in Chinese schools in Johor Baru and Pasir Gudang make up 46% of students in 216 Chinese primary schools in the state.
“The high number of students is a strain for the teaching staff as well as pupils because the schools are packed.
“One such example is SJK(C) Kuo Kuang 2 which has over 4,000 pupils,” he said in a press conference.
He added that a study conducted by his team in 2014 found that there were 3,458 students in the Bukit Indah area who travelled a far distance to get an education because there was no Chinese primary school nearby.
He said the pupils were enrolled in six Chinese primary schools in Perling, Kangkar Pulai and Lima Kedai in Gelang Patah, some 12km away.
Chia, who heads the relocation committee of SJK(C) Poay Chai, said the committee had held its first meeting on Tuesday.
“Although it is still too early to reveal the plans for the school, we hope that it can accommodate 1,000 to 1,500 students,” he said, adding that the school would be constructed on a 2.02ha land in Jalan Changkat Indah Utama, Taman Bukit Indah.
Besides being involved in planning and administrative matters on the relocation, Chia said he donated RM5,000 to the school to cover administrative costs.