We've heard of SK (Sekolah Kebangsaan), SJKC (Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Cina) and SJKT (Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Tamil) for primary public schools in Malaysia. However, some of us will be familiar with SMK (Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan) but have not heard of SMJK (Sekolah Menengah Jenis Kebangsaan).
What Is SMJK?
SMJK stands for Sekolah Menengah Jenis Kebangsaan or National-type Secondary School. The Education in Malaysia Wikipedia has a good definition of SMJK and a little history to help you understand SMJKs.
Read this wikipedia link on Secondary Education to understand the history of SMJK and What is SMJK.
In short SMJK used to be Chinese medium schools and they continue to be run like one. They teach the same syllabus as a SMK with all subjects in BM (unless the school has been approved to run the DLP or Dual Language Programme in which case, Math and Science will be taught in English) except there are 5 periods of Chinese instead of 3 and Chinese may be a compulsory subject for SPM in most SMJK. They are rather like a cross between a SMK and a CIS (Chinese Independent School)
What Is The Difference Between SMJK and SMK?
- MJK has a higher ratio of Chinese students and teacher
- SMJK and SMK uses the same syllabus except Chinese is a compulsory subject for SMJK. All subjects are in BM unless they are a DLP school where Math and Science are taught in English
- Read this archived news link to understand the Characteristics of SMJK.
How Many SMJKs are there in Malaysia?
There are 78 SMJKs in Malaysia. Here is a List of the 78 SMJKs in Malaysia. You can also view the map below for the geographical location of the 78 SMJK in Malaysia to search for a SMJK near you. If you prefer, you can check out this map for the list of SMJK according to states in Malaysia.
Where Can I Get More Information On SMJK?
You can visit the SMJK Education Portal for the latest SMJK news. Here is another archived news article on SMJK which may interest readers seeking more information on SMJK.