Chinese and Tamil vernacular schools are essential parts of the vibrant fabric that is the Malaysian education system.
Teachers and school heads are appointed by the Education Ministry, and to some extent, these schools receive periodic grants to help with the running of a school. All other expenses fall on the schools themselves and boards of governors are appointed to aid and oversee their management.
While mission schools largely sit on land owned by their respective Christian orders and churches or hold long land leases, one-third of Chinese and Tamil schools actually sit on government land and the remainder are on plots owned by the schools, trustees, clan associations, temples or private individuals.
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