There has been a shift of statistics for the enrolment of other races into Chinese vernacular schools, as it has been increasing compared to 2010.
According to Education Minister Dr Mohd Radzi Md Jidin in The Star, there has been a rise of enrolled Malays students from 9.5% in 2010 to 15.33% this year and a slight increase of 1.67% in 2010 to 2.75% in 2020 for Indian students. It was also the same for other races, which showed an increase from 1.02% in 2010 to 1.67% in 2020.
In another statistic of the distribution of national schools, Chinese vernacular schools, Tamil vernacular schools and private schools, as requested by Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad (PH-Setiawangsa) from the Education Minister, it has been recorded that Tamil vernacular schools comprised almost exclusively of Indian students (99%) with only 1% participation rate of other races.
Private schools recorded the highest number of Chinese students 65.88% in 2020, followed by Malays (26.96%), Indians (4%), and other races (3.17%).
“The participation of Malay students showed an increase of 0.65% while Chinese students showed a declining trend at 0.44% and Indian students also decreased by 0.21% compared to 2019,” he said of private schools.
Malay students who enrolled in national schools between 2010 until 2020 was 93% to 94%, whereas Chinese students are seen to have a declining trend from 1.17% in 2010 to 0.73% in 2020.
Meanwhile, Indian students also dropped from 3.15% to 2.63% within the same period along with other races, there was a slight increase from 2% in 2010 to 2.84% in 2020.
We can definitely feel and see that the times are definitely changing now, as more families are willing to send their children to vernacular schools especially Chinese schools.