The Star, only a mere 12.4% scored A- or better in 2015 compared with 31.5% for Tamil, 24.1% for Malay and 14.3% for English. Out of 42,890 candidates, less than 1% scored the highest distinction of A+. Some 20 Chinese community associations and education bodies, led by the Malaysian Chinese Language Council (MCCC), highlighted the issue at a press conference yesterday. MCCC president Datuk Eddie Heng Hong Chai said the trend was worrying, and claimed that students who took the language had to suffer “unfair” treatment. “Enough is enough. As it is, parents and headmasters are already discouraging students from taking the subject,” he said. Chen Chun Ping, the president of Malaysia Secondary School Chinese Language Teachers Association, also claimed that it is “impossible” so few students got As. “More than 90% of those who took Chinese language passed their exams. But why is the percentage of A scorers so low?” she questioned. The associations will be handing a memorandum of their findings and requests to Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid, Deputy Minister Chong Sin Woon, Education director-general Datuk Seri Dr Khair Mohamad Yusof and the Examinations Board.
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