The Sun Rises on Jit Sin

loading Jit Sin Independent School.

Jit Sin High School celebrates its centennial in March. Penang Monthly explores the beginnings of one of the greatest educational establishments in Penang and Malaysia.

It was not until the nineteenth century that the northern part of Bukit Mertajam was gradually dominated by Fui Chiu Hakka settlers making a living planting pepper, cloves and fruits.1 They travelled daily to town to sell their produce at the compound of the Hock Teik Cheng Sin Temple, which was constructed in 1886 through the collective efforts of the community.2 The temple thus became the meeting place for the local population.

Soon, awareness for the need of a public school in the vicinity grew. With rental collected from the vendors, the Bukit Mertajam Free School was built in 1895 by the temple at one of its properties along Jalan Pasar.

In 1914 another school was initiated by the local Kuomintang-inspired Chinese Reading Club with the aim of equipping the public with a wholesome education experience.

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