(Sumber NST Online 4/1/2010)
More Malay pupils in Kedah Chinese schools
KUALA NERANG: At first, 7-year-old Muhammad Syakir of Taman Jati here was crying and refused to enter the classroom despite being persuaded by his father. However, several lessons later, Syakir was glowing with excitement while learning numbers in Mandarin together with his new friends on his first day of school at SJK (C) Kou Hua here yesterday.
Syakir was among 14 Malays out of 19 Year One pupils enrolled at the school this term. Government servant Muhammad Suhaimi Shamsudin, 43, said Syakir was the second of his children to attend the school. Syakir's sister, Syamimi, is in
"I want my children to master Mandarin, apart from Bahasa Malaysia. I also want them to mix with other races and compete healthily with each other.
"Syakir's sister has no problems mixing with other pupils and is catching up in her studies. My son was crying this morning, but after watching him blending in well with the school environment after several hours, I am confident that it will be the same for Syakir," said the father of five.
Located 35km from Alor Star, SJK (C) Kou Hua is categorised as Sekolah Kurang Murid for having less than 150 students.
Principal Kok Hooi Chin said the school had been traditionally known for having a large number of Malay students.
"It is the only Chinese school in this area. Last year, we had 105 students in the school. Fifty-four were Malays, 29 Chinese and 22 Siamese.
"This year, half of the 96 students enrolled are Malays,while the rest are Chinese and Siamese."
In Langkawi, out of the 22 pupils in Year One at SJK (C) Min Nam in Kuala Teriang, only three were Chinese.
Its principal, Tee Eee Bee, said about 80 per cent of the 116 pupils studying at the 84-year-old school were Malays.
Tee said the number of Chinese pupils enrolling at the school had been declining because there were no more Chinese families living in the area.
Yesterday, Kedah recorded enrolments of 37,621 Year One pupils and 37,502 Form One pupils.
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