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SJKC enrolment down for fifth consecutive year

  • Total SJKC enrolment in the country has fallen for a fifth consecutive year, seeing a net loss of 41,172 students over the past five years. Photo courtesy: Sin Cbew Daily

PETALING JAYA, Jan 3 (Sin Chew Daily) -- The total enrolment of Chinese primary schools (SJKCs) in the country has been falling for a fifth consecutive year, with this year's enrolment 2,283 lower than last year's and a cumulative loss of 41,172 students over the past five years.

Deputy education minster Datuk Chong Sin Woon said the lower enrolment could be attributed to lower birth rate among Chinese Malaysians as a result of urbanization.

He also said the phenomenon could also be due to the fact some better off parents prefer to send their children to private schools or international schools.

There are currently an estimated 525,170 students at SJKCs nationwide, over 2,000 fewer than last year.

National Union of Head of Schools Malaysia (KKGGBM) president Wong Shee Fatt said due to the declining birth rate, most Chinese Malaysian families only have one or two children, while the more affluent would prefer to send their children to private schools or international schools.

"We will review the existing curriculum and system in a bid to attract more students to enroll in SJKCs.

"We have talked about this, and may hold further forums to discuss this matter with other organizations in future."

 

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