‘Letters were a formality and not notices of expulsion’

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  • Monday, 07 Sep 2015

GUA MUSANG: District education office chief Muhammad Zahari Othman has confirmed that he sent official letters to parents of the seven missing orang asli children.

However, he said the letters must not be seen as notices to expel the children for failing to come to school.

The letters were sent out as a formality, he added.

“I confirm that the letters were issued to the parents of the missing orang asli children but I deny that the children will be expelled from the school if they fail to return to school within 30 days from the date of the letter.

“At this moment, we are concentrating on locating the pupils and we have set up an operations room to coordinate the search and rescue efforts and to respond to questions from the parents of the pupils,” Muhammad Zahari said yesterday.

He was responding to reports that the parents had received letters from the school stating that their children would be expelled if they did not return to school within 30 days.

The letters, a copy of which was posted on social media, have caused outrage, especially among the orang asli community.

Deputy Education Minister P. Kamalanathan said the school should not have issued the letters unless there was a strong case to expel the students.

“Every child in Malaysia has equal access to quality education, so there should be no expulsion if there is no case.

“I see no case for the letters to be issued,” he said.

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