‘Enrolment in Chinese vernacular schools on the rise’

THE enrolment of Malays, Indians and students of other races in Chinese vernacular schools has shown a rising trend this year compared to 2010, says Education Minister Dr Mohd Radzi Md Jidin (pic).

Based on data from the Education Ministry, Mohd Radzi said the enrolment trend showed an increase for Malay students from 9.5% in 2010 to 15.33% this year.

For Indian students, the data showed an increase from 1.67% to 2.75% between the same period.

It was also the same for other races, which showed an increase from 1.02% in 2010 to 1.67% in 2020.

“However, the percentage of enrolment of Chinese students in Chinese vernacular schools showed a decrease from 88.16% in 2010 to 80.25% in 2020, ” he told Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad (PH-Setiawangsa) in a written reply.

Nik Nazmi had asked the ministry to state the distribution of national schools, Chinese vernacular schools, Tamil vernacular schools and private schools.

For Tamil vernacular schools, the majority of students comprised Indian students (99%).

“The participation of Malays, Chinese and students of other races was less than 1% in the same period, ” he said.

For private schools, Chinese students recorded the highest number with 65.88% in 2020, followed by Malays including Sabah and Sarawak (26.96%), Indians (4%), and other races (3.17%).

“The participation of Malay students showed an increase of 0.65% while Chinese students showed a declining trend at 0.44% and Indian students also decreased by 0.21% compared to 2019, ” he said.

Mohd Radzi also noted that the trend showed that Malay students’ enrolment in national schools between 2010 until 2020 was 93% to 94%.

“Meanwhile, the enrolment of Chinese students showed a declining trend from 1.17% in 2010 to 0.73% in 2020.

“The enrolment of Indian students also dropped from 3.15% to 2.63% within the same period.

“As for the other races, there was a slight increase from 2% in 2010 to 2.84% in 2020, ” he said.

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