DONG ZONG has disagreed with the government’s call for private schools to stop collecting fees during the conditional movement control order (MCO), saying that such a move will force independent Chinese schools to close down, reported Sin Chew Daily.
The Chinese educationist group pointed out that independent Chinese schools were not profit-oriented organisations and did not have large financial backing.
“Independent Chinese schools have always faced a financial shortfall in footing expenses. It has always relied on donations from the Chinese community as well as fund-raising events.
“If we stop collecting fees, we would face the threat of closure. This would change the entire system of Chinese education in Malaysia, ” it said in a statement on Thursday.
On Thursday, Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob had urged semi-private schools not to demand any fees from students as these were not allowed to be in operation due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Dong Zong pointed out that during the MCO, teachers in independent Chinese schools had continued to hold classes online and make sure that students were not left behind.
It also urged parents to continue paying school fees to help overcome “this challenge together”.
It was earlier reported that the schools were expected to face a shortfall of around RM35mil in operating expenses this year, with school board members now having to resort to using their personal savings to ensure their continuous operation.
Dong Zong, known also as the United Chinese School Committees Association of Malaysia, looks after the 63 independent Chinese Schools in Malaysia and determines the syllabus for the Unified Examination Certificate.
> China Press reported that Hong Kong singer Gloria Tang’s latest single Tik Tok had garnered over 100 million views on YouTube on Wednesday, making her the only female Mandopop singer to have three of her songs reach that record on the video-sharing platform.
Known professionally as G.E.M (Get Everybody Moving), the 28-year-old singer, who has been in the music industry for 12 years, has two other songs with over 80 million views.
Tang also said that she would be releasing a new music video with a special male guest at the end of the month.
“I hope everyone will like it!” she said.
The above article 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 this ' >'sign, it denotes a separate news item.
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