4:54pm 15/09/2023
Freeze lifted for 25 foreign students studying in Chinese independent schools

IPOH: The 25 foreign students applying to study in Chinese independent schools in Penang, Perak, Sabah and Kuala Lumpur will be given a support letter from the Ministry of Education for the Immigration Department.

This means their applications made between June and August to the private education division of the Ministry of Education would be processed once requirements are met, said Tan Tai Kim, Chairman of the United Chinese School Committees’ Association of Malaysia (Dong Zong).

Tan said he had been informed of the status of the students’ applications by Deputy Education Minister Lim Hui Ying, and thanked her for the assistance in sorting out the pending applications quickly.

It has never been an issue previously for foreign students to apply to the Ministry of Education to study in Chinese independent schools.

However, the Ministry of Education suspended several foreign students’ applications to study in several Chinese independent schools last year.

Tan paid Lim a visit at the latter’s office on 14 September to sort out the matter.

Dong Zong Chairman Tan Tai Kim says foreign students from more than ten countries are currently studying in Chinese independent schools across Malaysia

Dong Zong would start compiling information on this to help foreign students apply to study in Chinese independent schools, he said.

These students are the children of Malaysia My Second Home participants or foreigners working here with valid permits.

As of August 2023, a total of 728 foreign students are studying in Chinese independent schools across the country, majority of them from China (339 or 47.35% of total).

Foreign students from Thailand form the second largest group with 114, or 15.92%, followed by Japan (79 or 11.03%) and Indonesia (69 or 9.64%).

Most foreign students are studying in Chinese independent schools in Penang (233), followed by Kuala Lumpur (116) and Sabah (112).

Lim said the Ministry of Education is currently reviewing the guidelines on the recruitment of foreign students by Chinese independent schools to prevent the abuse of social passes.

Number of foreign students at Chinese independent schools by state

Number of foreign students at Chinese independent schools by country of origin

Johor  58
Melaka  14
Negeri Sembilan  9
Kuala Lumpur  116
Selangor  17
Perak  56
Kelantan  2
Kedah  19
Penang  233
Sarawak  80
Sabah  112

China  339
Thailand  114
Japan  79
Indonesia 69
The Philippines 19
Taiwan  19
South Korea  15
Vietnam  14
Singapore  12
Hong Kong  8
Myanmar  3
Macau  1
USA  1
Others  23

Total  716

Total  716 (excluding 12 from China studying at SM Chong Hwa Kuantan in 2023).

Source: Dong Zong


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