Progress not measured by number of schools

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 05 Nov 2003

Other News & ViewsCompiled by LOO YOK SOI, LAM LI and V. CHANDRASEKARAN

THE Chinese community has been told that it is a fallacy to measure the development of Chinese education by the number of national-type Chinese primary schools set up by the Government. 

MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting said contrary to the argument by a certain group of people that the growth in the number of Chinese primary schools was curtailed, Chinese education had continued to grow and develop.  

He said it was erroneous for people to compare the present number of Chinese primary schools with their number 30 years ago and claimed that Chinese education was declining, Sin Chew Daily reported. 

Ong said this was because Chinese primary schools were becoming larger and bigger in enrolment compared to the schools 30 years ago. 

According to the daily, Ong said this in his speech at the 80th anniversary dinner of the SRJK Puay Chai in Bandar Utama on Sunday. 

The present large number of Chinese primary school pupils and the number who passed out from these schools annually were evidence that Chinese education had progressed tremendously over the last three decades, he said. 

The daily reported that certain groups of Chinese had complained that the Government had not been building enough Chinese primary schools to meet the need for mother-tongue education.  

The groups claimed that the number of pupils was increasing while the number of Chinese schools was decreasing during the last 30 years. 

·SINO-Malay bilateral trade totalled RM54.34bil from January to September this year, compared with the RM54.22bil in the corresponding period last year, according to a report in Nanyang Siang Pau quoting China Embassy's commercial attaché Zhang Yinwen.  

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