Najib: Vernacular Schools To Continue To Exist
PUTRAJAYA, Dec 2 (Bernama) -- Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak today gave the assurance that Chinese and Tamil national type schools would continue to exist so long as there was a demand from the Chinese and Indian communities in the country.
He said this decision of the government was in accordance with the policies contained in the Razak Report of 1956, that every individual had the right to choose the education system he or she wished to have.
He said an amendment to the Education Act 1996 had made Chinese and Tamil national type schools a part of the national education system and, as such, the existence of these schools was provided for in the law.
"Our policy is one that allows every individual to choose the schooling system that he or she wishes to have. We have also given our commitment that these schools will continue to exist as part of the national education system so long as they are needed by the Chinese and Indian communities," he told reporters after chairing a meeting of the National Council for Local Government, here.
Najib was asked to comment on a proposal by Jerlun Member of Parliament Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir for the government to abolish the vernacular school system and introduce a single school system to check racial polarisation in the country.