Concern over low number of A+ scorers for Chinese in Malaysia

Concern over low number of A+ scorers for Chinese in Malaysia
Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong

KUALA LUMPUR - Various Chinese associations are concerned over the very low number of students obtaining A+ in the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia Chinese language subject.

MCA deputy president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong said several Chinese associations had expressed their unhappiness that only 0.63 per cent students who took the language for the examination scored A+ compared with 88 per cent for Malay language and 5 per cent for Tamil.

"The Chinese associations are concerned as this may reduce the chances of top scorers getting scholarships," he said after chairing the MCA education consultative committee meeting yesterday.

Dr Wee said that many students who achieved A+ in all other subjects did not get an A+ for the Chinese language subject, with 60 per cent getting a B or C.

"They are frustrated with this. There will be a post-mortem to find out the real problem behind it," he said.

The Federation of Chinese Associa-tions Malaysia vice-president Lau Chee Boon said there was concern among the Chinese community that the low A+ rate was done to discriminate against the Chinese language, and this could discourage students from taking the subject for SPM offered in SMK and SMJK schools.

Dr Wee also urged the board of directors from Chinese schools to submit reports to the Education Ministry on progress for school maintenance and repair work.

This is to ensure that they would continue to receive grants from the Government, he said, adding that many school boards had not submitted their reports.

Dr Wee also said that during the meeting, the associations also wanted the Government to give allocation to SMJK schools to resolve the shortage of Chinese school teachers.

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