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25,000 Chinese primary school kids are dropouts

Thu, Jul 17, 2008
New Straits Times

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - Almost one in four pupils from Chinese primary schools drop out before sitting the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia.

This was among the alarming findings from a 2002 survey, where it was estimated that roughly 25,000 students did not remain in school up to Form 5.

And because of the startling results of the study, undertaken by the MCA with the help of the Education Ministry, the party will be conducting another study soon to see if remedial measures taken so far are effective.

Deputy Education Minister Dr Wee Ka Siong said his office would assist MCA to look into the current status of Chinese primary school pupils.

"We are confident that the percentage is lower now," he said, adding that the 25 per cent of pupils who did not complete their education might have left to pursue their education overseas and therefore, were not "dropouts".
"Some may have completed their O-levels overseas or in international schools," he said after launching the Taiwan Higher Education exhibition here yesterday.

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