A year-end countdown dinner organised by the Malaysian Chinese Language Council (MCLC) raised RM1.05 million to support Chinese schools.
There's nothing the capable education ministry cannot handle so long as accurate numbers are obtained.
It is the ministry’s core responsibility to construct new schools and provide education to students.
We don’t find it essential to alter a child’s normal learning process just because we want them to skip a year of primary school education!
SJK (C) Bin Sin near Parit Buntar is left with only 13 students this year, giving it a teacher-to-pupil ratio of one to two.
SJK (C) Poay Chee in Kuala Sangga is the third Chinese primary school to have lost their last students in Larut, Matang and Selama district.
Former MB Mohamad Hasan announced in 2010 that SJKCs were only required to pay a token sum of RM1 in quit rent.
Low fertility rate, urban migration and other factors have conspired to shrink the country's rural Chinese population, turning many SJKCs into micro schools for lack of new student intake.
People concerned about the local Chinese education are worried this could open up a crack that will eventually lead to the merger of more micro SJKCs.
Deputy education minister Mah Hang Soon says the number of SJKC students dips below 500,000 this year due to mushrooming of private and international schools.
Another Chinese primary school in Kuala Sepetang with its only pupil leaving next year, will be relocated to avoid closure.
Many parents have opted to send their children to private or international schools for fear the teacher shortage problem at SJKCs would impact their children's study.
But above all, the authorities must ensure adequate supply of teachers to meet the needs of all the schools.