Friday, November 12, 2010

Recognise role of Chinese schools

BATU PAHAT: The education system needs to be liberalised and the Government should recognise the role played by Chinese schools in training educated manpower, MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek said.

He added that it was especially important to include graduates from Chinese independent schools into teacher training colleges.

“This move can help train more skilled manpower and also reduce the shortage of Mandarin teachers in local schools,” he said after speaking during the year-end student recognition ceremony held by SJK (C) Ai Chun 1 here yesterday.

Dr Chua said that the country only had about 20% skilled labour and this was poor compared to neighbouring countries such as Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan with some 50% skilled labour.

“In order to eventually be a high-income nation, we need to have a quantum leap in economic development ... and this should be supported by a quantum leap in educational development,” he said.

“We have to train adequate brain power to support the economic boom and we need to start with the education sector,” he said. On a separate matter, Dr Chua urged school organisations to be more transparent and accountable to ensure that they continued to enjoy the confidence of their financial contributors.

“If they are not transparent and constantly have internal arguments, it will affect the running of the school,” he said.

He added that this was a problem that needed to be rectified at SJK (C) Ai Chun 1 before they obtained financial support from the Government.

THE STAR (Friday November 12, 2010)

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