School board aims to recruit more non-Chinese to study at Chinese independent secondary schools

Lau presenting scholarship to a recipient to study in China.

SIBU, Sept 11: More non-Chinese will be recruited to study in Chinese Independent Secondary schools in the state.

Sarawak United Association of Private Chinese School Management Board president, Datuk Vincent Lau in speaking at the launching of students enrollment ceremony for 2021 session today said they are aiming to increase non-Chinese enrollment from from 1.5% to between 5 to 8% in the next three to five years.

He said the committee in its recent meeting had decided to put in more effort to recruit more non-Chinese students.

“We are hoping that Chinese schools are not only for the community but for all Malaysians. We would like Chinese primary and secondary schools to become an alternative for all Malaysians to receive education,” he said.

Lau said in its effort to encourage non-Chinese to study in the 14 Chinese Independent Secondary School, the committee would be allocating a sum of RM350,000 to assist non-Chinese students to pay for the school fee.

“Our initial amount is RM350,000. If there is a need for more, we will allocate more,” he said.

The money was from the RM9mil which the State Government had given to Chinese independent schools for this year.

“Non-Chinese students will have to study in the Chinese primary school first before enrolling in the secondary school as they need to build their foundation first,”he said.

There are 14 Chinese independent secondary schools in the state with total student population of 7,000 to 8,000.

Lau said another RM650,000 will be given as allowance for all teachers in this school for this year. — DayakDaily