NEW MEANS, OLD MISSION: Malaysia’s proud mission school heritage adapts to new challenges

By Andrea Filmer

August 2018 COVER STORY
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It was in early November last year when the news came in. It was a photograph of a letter bearing the letterhead of the North-East District Education Office, with the notice that three convent schools in Penang would cease enrolling new students. And it quickly went viral.SMK Convent Light Street.The letter, addressed to the principals of SMK Convent Light Street (CLS), SMK Convent Pulau Tikus (CPT) and SK Convent Light Street, was brief. In two lines, it said the phasing...

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Andrea Filmer

is a freelance journalist who has lived in the US and Australia but, for reasons unknown to herself, finds it impossible to call anywhere but Penang home.