Kuen Cheng Girls School

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Kuen Cheng High School
Kūn chéng zhōngxué
Jalan Syed Putra
Jalan Syed Putra , Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia, 50460, 50460
School type Private Independent Chinese secondary school
Motto 礼、义、廉、耻
(Propriety, Justice, Honesty, Dignity)
Founded 1908
Founder Wu Xuehua
Status Deceased
Principal Gooi Swee Gaik
Teaching staff 200
Enrollment 3,962 (2015)
Education system Unified Examination Certificate (UEC)
Classes offered Lower Secondary 1–3, Higher Secondary 1–3
Medium of language Mandarin
Hours in school day 8–10
Classrooms Approximately 100
School fees RM300-RM500

Kuen Cheng High School (KCHS) or SM (Persendirian) Kuen Cheng (Chinese: "坤成中学"), formerly known as Kuen Cheng Girls' High School (Chinese: "坤成女子中学"), is a private secondary Chinese school in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia which was established in 1908. The school is located at Jalan Syed Putra near Istana Negara, and in between Brickfields and Bukit Petaling, just a drive down from the Mid Valley Megamall shopping centre.

In 2008, it converted from an all-girls school to co-educational. There was some opposition from former female graduates who wanted to retain its status as an all-girls school.[1] Later in 2008, the school officially changed its name to Kuen Cheng High School.


Over the years, 14 principals have been in office. The principals had complete authority over the primary school and secondary school until 1957, due to a government education development plan that might be affected if the administration goes on. Since then, each of the secondary school and primary school has separate administrative units. Starting since 1990, Gooi Swee Gaik has taken over the authority of the secondary school till now. She is the longest serving principal in the school's history. It is believed that her defiance to retire is due to the lack of suitable candidates for the post of principal and her unwillingness to let go of the post she has so dearly held on to for over 20 years.[2]

Past and Present[edit]

Chinese education in Malaysia boasts on more than a century, and Kuen Cheng High School was founded in the year of 1908, and this year, 2015, the school celebrates its 107th anniversary commemoration, making it one of the oldest and most successful educational establishment in Malaysia.

Kuen Cheng High School is the first education institution of Malaysia to offer exclusive proper education to females, to train them up in the, at that time, traditional culture that females are tended to be less important when it comes to education, Its aim was to train and nurture female elites in the society where educated females were a rarity.

Based on the prevailing social neglect on women's education, the founder of Kuen Cheng Girls' High School, Miss Wu Xuehua, Zhong Zhuo Jing and his wife Yoshiko Watanabe upheld female education and aimed to break the traditional concept.

The school was given the name " Kuen Cheng Girls' School " and its first school site was located at Kampung Kuala Lumpur in a two-story shophouse. The school aimed to implement a hybrid teaching system, focusing on the Chinese Language, characters, arithmetic and so on. There were only a mere 18 students when the school first started.

In 1909, the school moved to Harmony Street and that was when the school began to develop. In 1915, the school also founded its own kindergarten, opening up opportunities for young children to Chinese education.

In 1936, Kuen Cheng was commissioned by the Selangor Department of Education to be an excellent training institution for teachers and nurtured many outstanding teachers, making great contributions to Chinese education.

In 1941 during World War II, the Japanese army invaded the country, and the school was forced to closed. After the Japanese surrendered in 1945, the school and its kindergarten were reopened with the support of a group of enthusiastic educators. The school was officially back in business in 1946.

In 1956, the school moved to its current location at Jalan Syed Putra. In 1957, there were 49 students in the first class of graduates.

In 1962, Kuen Cheng strived to preserve Chinese education and decided to maintain its status as an independent Chinese school, and its status was officially changed to an "independent secondary school", not receiving any funding from the federal government.

Chinese education has already developed for more than half a century, and already consists of a mature syllabus and system. In 2008, the 100th year since Kuen Cheng was founded, Kuen Cheng decided to convert its status from an all-girls school to an co-ed system to keep up with the times and culture of the modern society, where males and females are viewed equally and have equal rights. In the same year, the school received its first class of male students, despite resentments from several alumni.

In the year of 2013, a landmark was reached as Kuen Cheng High School's 57th year of Higher 6 graduates was the first co-ed graduates of the school.

In 2015, Kuen Cheng Kindergarten celebrates its 100th anniversary commemoration. A small structure built out of colored plastic blocks in the shape of the number '100' was placed on a wooden pedestal near the kindergarten's entrance.

Presently, the restructuring of the school from an all-girls school to a co-ed system reaped many benefits as the student population soared and reached new heights, with the number of enrolled students this year exceeding 3300 students. In every year's enrolment, hundreds and thousands of new applicants were rejected due to the high number of applicants as the school received 100% enrolment every year without fail.


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