KULAI: The percentage of dropouts among students in transition classes nationwide decreased last year.
Deputy Education Minister Teo Nie Ching said that the percentage of students attending the classes was at 98.42% last year compared to only 96.81% the previous year.
“Among reasons students dropped out of school included poverty and lack of encouragement from parents to further their studies.
“One of the effort undertaken by the Education Ministry is to conduct the Ziarah Cakna programme, where teachers will visit students and their parents at their respective homes to create awareness on the importance of education, ” she said after launching the Ziarah Cakna programme at Kulai district Education Department here.
Teo said the programme aimed to cultivate a better relationship between the schools and parents.
“A total of 63,586 students from 59,739 families took part in the programme last year.
“Some 103,448 teachers were involved and we hope this will help us achieve 0% dropouts, ” she said.
On Covid-19, Teo said teachers and students who recently visited China have to go through a 14-day self-quarantine period before being allowed to return to school.
She said the ministry had instructed all schools to take the measure since it is a way to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
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