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|Chong Hwa Independent High School|
Sekolah Menengah Persendirian Chong Hwa
Jalan St. Thomas,
3 1/2 miles off Jalan Ipoh
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|School type||Secondary School, Chinese independent high school|
(Courtesy Righteousness Integrity Humility)
|Established||21 March 1919|
|Sister school||SMK(C) Chong Hwa, SJK(C) Chong Hwa|
|School district||Sentul, Kuala Lumpur|
|Principal||Cheong Moey Lian|
|Staff||362 (as of October 2015)|
|Teaching staff||279 (as of October 2015)|
|Grades||3-3 System (3 years in Junior Secondary and 3 years in Senior Secondary)|
|Enrolment||5166 (October 2015)|
|Average class size||50-65 pax|
|Language||Mandarin, Malay, English|
|Alumni||Lee Kim Sai, C.N. Liew|
Chong Hwa Independent High School, Kuala Lumpur (Chinese: 吉隆坡中华独立中学, Malay: Sekolah Menengah Persendirian Chong Hwa Kuala Lumpur, often abbreviated as CHKL) is one of Malaysia's oldest high schools. Established in 1919 in Setapak, Kuala Lumpur, the school was a primary school. It became a high school when the school board purchased a piece of land of 24,000 square metres along Jalan Ipoh and decided to build the high school there. It has remained there ever since.
History[edit | edit source]
After Malaysian independence, all schools in the country were asked to assimilate into the national school system. Chong Hwa High School was one of the minority of schools that decided to remain apart from that system. Being an independent school means that the school needs to sustain itself through student fees and donations from the public.
Despite the lack of government funding, the school has maintained a 100% passing rate for all government examinations since being established. The school has about 5,400 students and 300 staff members, being one of the largest high schools in Malaysia.
In 2012, the number of classes increased to 95, accommodating more than 5000 students.
The school campus includes 10 main blocks and an outdoor sport arena.
In 2018, Cheong Moey Lian became the first female principal since 1919.
Facilities[edit | edit source]
|List of building on the school campus|
|A||Kong Chen Hall (Ground floor: Multi-purpose hall)
(Mezzanine 1st floor: Music Room 2nd floor: Chinese Orchestra Room)
|B||Canteen Block Ground floor: School Canteen (12 stalls), Recycling Centre|
|C||Commerce Studies Block
(Ground floor: Bookstore, Wind Band Room 3rd floor: Auditorium, Computer lab)
|D||Quadrangular Block (Ground floor: Science labs, Table tennis corner,
1st floor: Art Studio, Disciplinary Dep, Science and Maths Dept, Sick bay & first aid unit)
|E||Student Block (1st floor: Meeting Room, Teacher's Lounge, General Affairs Dept, Student Welfare Dept.)|
|F||Administration Building (subject to change)
Ground floor: Science labs, Curricular Department
1st floor: Principal's office, Vice Principal's office, Administration centre, Teacher's computer lab, Teacher's main office.
2nd floor: IT centre, Extracurricular Dept., University Placement Counseling, Publication office, Accounting Dept, International Relation office, P.E. Dept., Counseling Dept, Student Enrolment office
3rd floor: Library, Community Service Dept, Academic Competition Dept, School Staff's Development Unit
4th floor: Resource centre
(Ground floor: Hostel canteen, Hostel's Affair Dept. 1st floor: Conference Hall)
(Ground floor: Woodwork workshop. 1st floor: Plumbing workshop, Mechanics workshop.
2nd floor: Technical drawing room, Sewing room. 3rd floor: Electronics workshop, Electrical workshop.
4th floor: Computer lab, Home science room)
|J||New Student Block (Ground floor: Student Activity compound 1st floor: Teacher's office)|
|K||New Sports Arena
(5 basketball courts, 3 volleyball courts, 6 badminton courts, 1 tennis court/futsal pitch, running track, long jump sand pitch)
School song[edit | edit source]
Notable alumni[edit | edit source]
Political and business figures[edit | edit source]
- Tan Sri Dato' Sri Lee Kim Sai (1937– ) : Malaysia's former Health Minister and former deputy president of Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA).
Arts, cultural and media[edit | edit source]
- C.N. Liew : Malaysian prominent contemporary artist and calligrapher, based in Hong Kong.
- Nigel Ng : Malaysian stand-up comedian based in the UK
References[edit | edit source]
- Suryadinata, Leo (2012). Southeast Asian Personalities of Chinese Descent: A Biographical Dictionary, Volume I & II. Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. ISBN 9789814345217.
- "'My Zen master told me even our heart has a pair of eyes': CN Liew". Star2.com. 2015-07-05. Retrieved 2019-04-27.