The number of non-Chinese pupils studying in Chinese primary schools has almost doubled between 2010 and 2020, with educationists saying parents seem to have more faith in them providing a better quality of education compared with national-type schools. Figure-wise, 15.33% of all pupils in Chinese primary schools in 2020 were Malays, 2.75% Indians and others non-Chinese 1.67%. While updated figures are currently unavailable, they compare with 2010 when Malays represented just 9.5% of Chinese school pupils, Indians 1.67% and others non-Chinese 1.02%. (Pic) Year One pupils at SJKC Kuang Yu in Kuala Muda, Kedah, being taught basic Chinese, the language of one of the world’s leading economic powerhouses. MASRY CHE ANI THESUN