Fewer students for 78 Chinese schools


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 24 Sep 2005

ONCE the five-day week is implemented in all schools, all extra-curricular activities will be held after the morning session, reported Nanyang Siang Pau

This means half the number of students in 78 Chinese secondary schools may have to move to national schools due to the lack of classrooms as the afternoon sessions cannot be held. 

It also said that only teachers who volunteer need to attend if the activities are held on non-school days.  

The Education Ministry allows schools to organise only a maximum of two days of extra-curricular activities on non-school days. 

If teachers are unwilling to work on weekends, all activities must be held on school days, it said. 

This means the schools will have to reduce the number  

of students to provide space for the activities in the afternoon. 

Sin Chew Daily said the Attorney-General’s Chambers should evaluate the quality of prosecutors and if necessary, set up a committee to discuss the retraining of prosecutors. 

In its editorial, the daily said trials for murder cases were normally time-consuming and used up various resources so the public would be very doubtful of the prosecutors’ competency if they kept losing their cases for lack of evidence.  

It said that if prosecutors could not find substantial evidence, it would not only be a waste of time and resources but would also mean that murderers could walk free. 

The country, it said, had a complete jurisdiction system and that prosecutors just needed to follow the legal procedures to identify and collect enough evidence and information. 

China Press reported that a 12-year-old student went missing for 36 hours to learn kung fu. 

Lee Ming Hui, a Year Six student at SRJK (C) Desa Jaya, Kepong, left a note saying “I’m gone” for his parents last Friday before he disappeared.  

However, this fan of Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan would not tell where he had gone when his uncle found him by a roadside at about 11am last Sunday, the night of the Lantern Festival.  

His mother Liu Mei Ling told the daily that Ming Hui had told her that he wanted to learn wushu a long time ago but she had advised him to learn later as the fees were too high.  

Ming Hui also lost the chance to join the taekwondo classes at school as he missed the application deadline recently, she said.  

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