Former Minister of Education, Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid was called up by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Corruption (MACC) again today to record his statement in connection with the implementation of the solar energy project to rural schools in Sarawak.
Former Minister of Education, Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid. PIX: Malaysia Gazette

By Kumara Sabapatty

PUTRAJAYA – A total of 10 new Chinese schools will be built by the Ministry of Education (MOE) in support of the educational needs of the Chinese community in the country.

Minister of Education, Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said, five new schools will be built in Selangor while another five will be built in Johor.

In Selangor, the new schools are namely SJKC Lee Loy Seng in Bandar Seri Coalfields, Ijok, Kuala Selangor; SJKC Sunsuria in Sunsuria City, Dengkil , Sepang; SJKC Too Joon Hing in Dengkil, Sepang; SJKC Tun Ong Yoke Loin in Gamuda Cove, Kuala Langat and SJKC Tun Lim Chong Eu in Eco Grandeur, Puncak Alam.

The five schools which will be built in Johor are namely, SJKC Kuek Ho Yao in Mount Austin, Tebrau, Johor Bahru; SJKC Sim Mow Yu in Meridin East, Taman Bestari Perdana, Plentong; SJKC Tun H.S.Lee in Bandar Cemerlang, Ulu Tiram, Tebrau; SJKC Tan Kah Kee in Kulai, Iskandar Puteri and SJKC Cheah Fah in Mukim Pulai, Sunway Iskandar, Iskandar Nusajaya, Johor Bahru.

Meanwhile the MOE will also relocate six Chinese schools to their new locations.

“Two out of the six schools involved will be given a new name to portray the actual locality after they were transferred to the new site.

“Meanwhile three out of the six schools namely SJKC Poi Min, Gopeng, Perak will be relocated to Puchong Selangor, SJKC Aik Hua Taiping to Kota Serimas Negeri Sembilan while SJKC Ladang Regent Gemenceh to Bandar Elmina Selangor,” he announced.

Also present were the President of MCA and Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai and President of Gerakan and Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong.

He added that there are currently 1,298 Chinese schools throughout the country and 883 are government assisted schools.

From the amount, 454 schools are under-enrolled schools, with an enrolment rate of below 150 students or less (as of 31 August 2017).

He said, in order to fulfil the needs of education for the Chinese community, the new SJKC will be constructed in areas with high population of Chinese community.

Economy and population growth will cause schools in certain areas to have high enrolment rate.

“A secondary school in Kapar has about 4,000 students. The same goes with Kedah, Perak and Johor.

“It will cause a less conducive learning environment, which pose the need to build new schools,” he said.

Therefore, the government has approved the construction of 10 new SJKC and the relocation of six Chinese schools.

“It was a unanimous decision after having discussions with the Director-General and the Education Officers at the ministry.

“I strongly reject any party out there for saying that the government do not show an effort to help SJKC or SJKT,” he emphasized. – MalaysiaGazette

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