AT THE SARAWAK STATE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY
THE Education Ministry has implemented several steps to increase the attendance of students and reduce the dropout rate in schools.
Among the measures taken are strengthening vocational training, Orang Asli education transformation, improving basic facilities, adding motivational programmes, increasing parents’ awareness as well as creating and expanding assistance programmes such as early education aid, federal scholarships, additional food aid, tuition voucher scheme and trust funds for underprivileged students.
In reply to Dennis Ngau (BN-Telang Usan), Education, Early Childhood and Family Development Assistant Minister Rosey Yunus said the overall average attendance rate of schools in Telang Usan constituency was 95%, exceeding the state and national average, with the exception of SMK Tutoh Apoh which had attendance of 87.53%.
Rosey said the reasons leading to the drop of attendance in SMK Tutoh Apoh included students who did not register in January and February and a recent case of hysteria which caused parents to bring their children home.
She added that the attendance rate of schools in Telang Usan was 90.06% for SMK Long Bedian, 96.72% for SMK Temenggong Datuk Oyong Lawai Jau, 96.2% for SMK Long Lama and 95.6% for SMK Tinjar.