Wee: Centralisation ‘reasonable’ way to address under-enrolled Chinese primary schools

Datuk Richard Wee

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KUCHING, Nov 5: Federation of Chinese Associations in Kuching, Samarahan and Serian Divisions president Datuk Richard Wee believes that the new policy of centralisation is a reasonable approach to solve the issue of under-enrolled Chinese primary schools.

He understood the concerns of the school boards of under-enrolled Chinese primary schools where their greatest fear is losing their licence if their schools were to merge.

“Previously they have three licences. After merging, if they have only one licence left, of course, they will not want to merge.

“So there must be clear assurance that once they merge, the licences of their schools remain valid where the licences may be usable in other places.

“The Chinese are now concentrated in urban areas. Chinese primary schools in urban areas are overpopulated. We do need more schools in urban areas. The school licences in the rural areas, after merging, can be move to town areas,” Wee told DayakDaily recently.

He gave the reminder that when the merger was in process, the views of the members of all schools affected should also be taken into consideration.

Giving the example of the merging of School A, School B and School C, he said after the merger, the school boards of the three schools should be invited into the new school board.

“For example, School A is chosen to be the centralised school. Then the new school board should consist of certain members of School A, B and C.

“It should not be that, after the merger, then school boards of School B and C cease to exist and only the school board of School A takes charge.

“This can be done through an expanded school board where the new school board is made up of four members of School A, B and C,” suggested Wee.

Wee believed that if proper explanation was given to the school boards and parents, the under-enrolled Chinese primary schools will work together for the greater good of the Chinese community.

“With more concerted effort on consultation, explanation and sincere engagement, I believe the Chinese schools with low enrolment will be wiling to participate in the centralisation policy, rather than taking a lukewarm attitude,” said Wee. — DayakDaily