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KUCHING: Chinese schools place more emphasis on the moulding of good character than good academic results, said Kuching Chung Hua Middle School (CHMS

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KUCHING: Chinese schools place more emphasis on the moulding of good character than good academic results, said Kuching Chung Hua Middle School (CHMS) No 1, 3 and 4 Board of Management Committee chairman Datuk Richard Wee.

“The focus of Chinese schools is on character building and I believe you have to try building the character first before you work on the results,” he told New Sarawak Tribune in an exclusive interview recently.

“If you are a straight A student, but if your attitude is arrogant, I would rather you are not a straight A student,” he said.

Wee added that there are various reasons why more parents are sending their children to Chinese schools.

“Among them are the culture and school discipline. If you visit any of the Chinese schools, the students will greet you. That is their culture. But when you go to other schools, they will just walk past you and do not acknowledge you at all. I think that speaks volumes of the way the students are being brought up in Chinese schools.

“Apart from good results, more importantly are the characters of students being churned out by the schools and their attitude when they go into the society,” said Wee.

On the advantages of sending children to Chinese schools, he added, “I would say there is certainly an advantage if you sit down and analyse the syllabus that we have. But apart from the syllabus and the exams, there is a general perception that Chinese schools are good in teaching mathematics and science. 

“There is a desire for continuous self-improvement among the schools. They want to have better results every year,” he said.

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