Sarawak Chinese School Management Committees and Parent Teacher Associations urged not to agree to introduction of Jawi script

The various management committees and Parent-Teacher Associations (PTAs) of Chinese aided primary schools in Sarawak have been urged not to accept the introduction of the Jawi script.

KUCHING (May 9): The various management committees and parent-teacher associations (PTAs) of Chinese aided primary schools in Sarawak have been urged not to accept the introduction of Jawi script.

In making the appeal today, the Sarawak United Association of Chinese School Boards of Management (Sha Dong Zong) said that government primary schools had recently been instructed to conduct opinion polls to decide whether or not to continue the introduction of the Jawi script for the fourth primary, Five and six pupils.

Sha Dong Zong regretted that the Ministry of Education (MoE) chose to ignore public opinion, as many quarters had previously opposed the introduction of Jawi script.

As such, the educational body has called on the various management committees and APEs to adhere to their position, which is not to accept the introduction of Jawi script.

“The various management committees of the assisted Chinese primary schools have already been marginalized with regard to this issue of Jawi writing.

“Fortunately, nearly 70% of Chinese primary schools supported in Sarawak do without APEs. And for this reason, the various management committees have been authorized by the Ministry of Education to be part of the decision-making bodies,” Sha Dong Zong said in a statement today.

Sha Dong Zong also reminded the various management committees of the importance of maintaining the last line of defense for Chinese education.

She observed that the management committees of the assisted Chinese primary schools were made up of parents.

In light of this, Sha Dong Zong called for better communication between parents and management committees so that they share a common goal in the matter: to reject the introduction of Jawi script.

According to Sha Dong Zong, the introduction of the Jawi script is not just part of teaching the Bahasa Malaysian language, and although students will not be assessed for it, the implementation of such teaching will have considerable impacts on the Chinese assisted primary. schools.

Sha Dong Zong feared that this was a step towards eventually replacing the various management committees with PTAs, so as to render the management committees null and void.

“Since the Ministry of Education announced in 2020 the introduction of Jawi script instruction in the Bahasa Malaysia of Primary Four, the Chinese community and parents have strongly opposed this decision.

“Nearly 99 percent of management committees and APEs of Chinese primary schools supported in the country have not accepted the introduction of Jawi script,” Sha Dong Zong said.

Sha Dong Zong also called on the Ministry of Education to carry out a thorough review of the introduction of Jawi script in public primary schools so as not to increase the burden on students.






Jeremy S. McLain