Darshana gets to go to school in time thanks to special pass

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 10 Jan 2018

SEREMBAN: Seven-year-old G. Darshana who was told she could not enrol into a government school because she was not a Malaysian will be given a special pass to do so on Thursday (Jan 11).

It is reliably learnt that the Education Ministry has given the green light for her to enrol into Standard One at SK Taman Rasah Jaya.

"Darshana will start school on Thursday. The Ministry has looked into her case and we decided to give her permission to be enrolled into one of our schools," he said.

The Star had highlighted Darshana's plight after she was told by the state Education Department that she had to get a passport since she was a non-citizen.

The new ruling was introduced by the Immigration Department which said children of foreigners must produce a passport before they can be allowed to study at a government school.

Darshana was adopted by lorry driver B. Ganesan, 46, and his wife V. Malliga,48, when she was only days old in Nov 2011.

They adopted her legally in 2015.

Ganesan was told by the Education Department that since his daughter was classified as "bukan warganegara" as the authorities did not have the details of her bioligical parents, she could not be enrolled in any government school.

The couple do not have children of their own.

They have also applied for citizenship status for Darshana.

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