Thursday, November 18, 2010

Private or Government

This morning, I went over to the Indian makan shop near my office to buy my favourite roti bawang. I went there quite often, so the owner are quite friendly and will chat with me. Since it was a school holidays, his children (secondary aged) were there helping. Surprisingly, they spoke in Mandarin to me. The owner then told me that both were enrolled into Chinese school since primary.

Then our conversation touches on whether to sent the kids to Private school or Government school. The owner said both his children are currently studying in one of the Private Chinese school and he needs to pay around RM300 per month for the school fees. That does not include the miscellaneous fees, books and food. Schooling time are also longer than the Government school which starts at around 7.30 am up till 3 pm (Mon - Fri) and 7.30 am till 1 pm (Saturday). *rough timing as I can't remember the exact time *

The owner are very happy with his children's performances and said the private school are very good in discipline their students. However, everything are $$$$$. Occasionally, he will need to give donations. Whenever there are exams, he will needs to pay. When there are extra activities, it is money again. I did not asked in details on what activities or how much he needs to pay because while talking to me, he was busy flipping the roti canai.

So, we ended the conversations when I see him getting busier as more customers were coming in.

Someone had told me before "If you and hubby's financial are stable and could afford, sent your kids to the Private school. You will see the differences".

I know YX is still in Kindie and XJ has not started school yet, but no harm to think about it first.

What about you? Private or Government ?

40 comments:

  1. Same same here. I am also struggling on this matter.LOL.

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  2. There are pros and cons for both types of school. It's depend on own's preference. I have no issue with Government schools :)

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  3. Since there is a government school very close to my house, so I guess my kids will go into government school then. Don't want to think too much and pressure them so much. =)

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  4. husband suggested to send bb to private before, cos his ofice has one there, he does the fetching...see how lar, just talk only , not sure

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  5. for me, government already.. it depends..if u can afford, why not private.. but then get ready for real pressures.. some private schools like KDU really want good results in PMR otherwise they will not accept... that happens to my niece who got 3 As for PMR and she was later transferred to government school.. sigh..

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  6. Government, because I was from government school also. :)

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  7. It depends on which school you're talking about i guess. I used to attend a private english school during primary years and it was strict and good, but after that i change to government during my secondary and it was a girl school and also pretty strict.

    My brother on the other hand, went into private for his secondary and he said it was obvious the school does not do well in disciplining the students and is only wanting for the parents to pay pay and pay ><

    I think it's best if we view it per school as to government or private :D Well, lets hope we all find a good school for our children in the future!

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  8. We're now having difficulty in deciding which sch to send my boy to. *headache* Prob is can't find a "good" Keb sch for boys in my area. And the private sch that we've visited is rather far away. sigh...

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  9. Emmmm... Like everyone said, it depends on what you think is more important. I donno about international schools but for Chinese private schools, the certification is valid in certain parts of the world only. All my 3 cousins who went to Chinese private schools, they all end up in Taiwan which means even more money to fork out. But my eldest cousin, he went to Australia and the fees were o.o You can start to research from now tho. Never too early ;)

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  11. For me..probably will opt for Govt school for my son in future.

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  12. private, if situation permits. if you have high expectation on your children's academic performance, go for private.

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  13. Government Chinese school is just as good. Mine goes to semi government/semi private. No regret sending my girl to a Chinese school as I'm a yellow banana!

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  14. Government. I think not that bad lah but my neighbour in KL begs to differ. They actually transferred their daughter from government to a private school.

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  15. I'm staying with government skool! No need private kua..

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  16. Govt Chinese medium schools are good enough for me but if it's the sekolah kebangsaan, err... I'll have to think twice lah.

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  17. If you have the money, private is anytime better...but do pay attention to their BM and English. Not so bad in big cities I guess but here, those from Chinese schools - many are illiterate in BM and English so you can imagine that their future may not be so bright...

    P.S.
    I thought the govt-aided mission schools and Chinese schools are called "sekolah kebangsaan or sekolah jenis kebangsaan" (formerly "bantuan" here in Sarawak)...and the fully-government ones are "sekolah kerajaan". Here, usually the kebangsaan schools are better...like the one where I was teaching before I retired.

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  18. Gov schools is always better, they take feedbacks from parents more seriously :)

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  19. i was from private chinese school.. because we don't get any funding from the government, so we have to pay for everything.. but i really admit the discipline and syllabus are a lot better than the common government school..

    hmmm, if i can still remember the school times
    Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri: 7:30am-2:30pm
    Wed: 7:30am-3:10pm
    Sat: 7:30am-1:50pm

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  20. Well... if we can afford and the kids agree with it, I don't mind to send my kids to private school! Afterall we have only 2 kids, my 2 cents ya!

    Wishing you a wonderful school holiday!^-^

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  21. I was fr Chinese private school, with the extra paper we sit, Unified Exam of Chinese School(equlv to form6) it allowed me to sit for Diploma course without Pre-u or certification course, that save my dad rm10k for the pre U. Disipline is very strict in my school, but I hv no regrets, I will send my kids to private Chinese school, far fr where I stay,need some fetching, but if my parents can do it, so can I, for the sake of my children education ;)

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  22. Actually depends on your children. If they are smart and fast learner, go private. If not, go government.

    I have seen kids being too stressed up in private school as they cannot handle it. And I have also seen fast learners who are bored out of their wits in government school.

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  23. Those of you who suggested either private or government school, rethink your answer. Anyone attended both schools like Beii did before giving an answer?

    I've known people from private school that are as bad. And people from government school that are as good. By saying private/government school is better than the other is just a stereotypical thinking.

    It's the school itself. Not the kind. It's the people that are looking after the school. The educators. It's the crowd that one mix with. Most importantly, it's how one was brought up in a family.

    How one become got nothing to do with what school s/he attended.

    Survey the schools before making a decision.

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  24. Government.

    Maybe I am brainwashed by my mum who believes education and discipline is the parent's job.

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  25. Before this, i am struggling with either to sent my boys to chinese school or kebangsaan school. Now i dont want to stress myself or stress my boys, i sent them to kebangsaan school. But i apply for the better one. Like my two sil sent their kids to one of the kebangsaan school, their standard are getting from bad to worst, now my sil are transferring their kids to private school next year.


    I will still stick to the one i apply, unless in future there is complain then i will think to change them to private.

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  26. Hi Aunty!^^ Just hop to you blog now, followed you already :D
    Anyway, I prefer for private school because my parents sent me to private school since first time I entered elementary. Indeed, I should say that private school is good at discipline and curriculum quality. However, you are true, they are $$$, but it's worthed lah hehe ^^ have a nice day Aunty!

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  27. I'm now studying in Government school. =)

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  28. I agree with Birthmark's comment. It is not what type, it is more of how the admin is running the school.

    Anyhow, it also depends on what you want your kids to develop more. Private schools can afford to give more attention to your kids as you pay for the attention given. Gov SK schools would teach your kids to be a survivor-- need to survive (and do well in studies) even when teachers are not there to teach. But they are more well-rounded compared to SJK pupils. SJK pupils will normally be more studious, disciplined (but often socially-inept, too). Kids have to withstand long study hours, too. And you also have to pay for this or that every now and then. :)

    Just my opinion. If I have kids and am able to make a choice without caring about the Chinamen in my family, I'd go for SK with good admin eg CBN1(if Ms Low hasn't retired). Ask around before enrolling your kids.

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  29. RM 300 for Chinese private school is considered very reasonable already because they are sponsored by generous Chinese businessman. Other non Chinese private schools cost thousands per month.
    The standard is also higher. At form 1, 2 , 3 they already study Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Add Maths. Standard wise, our Gov school is far behind many developed Asian countries. It is good for the kids to work a little harder if they can take it!

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  30. My eldest kid is going to a government chinese school. Actually I hav not thought about sending my kids to a private school, cause it'll be quite inconvenient for us.

    But if it's convinient for you and affordable, why not? :-)

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  31. It's better to let you children choose themselves. I got my permission from parent last time and enrolled in one of the chinese independent in KL. One of the reasons is the classes are conducted in native language which enable me absorbing knowledge well. I don't regret choosing it, indeed. Btw, there are scholarships & sponsorships available, just drop by the school and make your enquiry.

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    Awesome guys, I have been looking for this information all around, there are no online information or any website or articles written about this information. I got an email about this from my friend, it was very important for me. The information you people have given here is really very helpful and will absolutely help in resolving my problem. This has been one of the finest articles about this. I really appreciate your work. Hope you people here keep writing good stuff like this!

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  33. Rm300 is considered cheap. But I must say there are pros and cons. Hope you find out what suits you and kids best :)

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  34. It's better to let you children choose themselves. I got my permission from parent last time and enrolled in one of the chinese independent in KL. One of the reasons is the classes are conducted in native language which enable me absorbing knowledge well. I don't regret choosing it, indeed. Btw, there are scholarships & sponsorships available, just drop by the school and make your enquiry.

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  35. I'm now studying in Government school. =)

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  36. Hi Aunty!^^ Just hop to you blog now, followed you already :D
    Anyway, I prefer for private school because my parents sent me to private school since first time I entered elementary. Indeed, I should say that private school is good at discipline and curriculum quality. However, you are true, they are $$$, but it's worthed lah hehe ^^ have a nice day Aunty!

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  37. Those of you who suggested either private or government school, rethink your answer. Anyone attended both schools like Beii did before giving an answer?

    I've known people from private school that are as bad. And people from government school that are as good. By saying private/government school is better than the other is just a stereotypical thinking.

    It's the school itself. Not the kind. It's the people that are looking after the school. The educators. It's the crowd that one mix with. Most importantly, it's how one was brought up in a family.

    How one become got nothing to do with what school s/he attended.

    Survey the schools before making a decision.

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  38. Government.

    Maybe I am brainwashed by my mum who believes education and discipline is the parent's job.

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