RAWANG: Schools do not have the right to demand for the payslips of parents unless they are trying to identify children in need of aid, such as the Additional Food Programme (RMT).
Deputy Education Minister Datuk P. Kamalanathan said this is to ensure assistance reaches the targeted low-income group.
“If parents choose not to give, then I don’t think it is right for us to force them,” he said after attending the launch of Tadika Lestari Bukit Sentosa and its Founding Principal Scholarship here yesterday.
He was responding to complaints from parents that they were being forced to provide their payslips by some schools in the Klang Valley.
A parent told The Star that he was not interested in registering his child for the RMT or any other aid, while another claimed that he was even asked to provide his income tax file number.
Kamalanathan said the ministry had asked schools to identify students from lower and middle income families to help them.
He said he would look into the matter and get an explanation as to why schools required the payslips.
On another matter, Kamalanathan said the Government had provided free education from preschool until Form Five to ensure a child’s right to education.
“I do not want to hear about parents not sending their children to school due to financial constraints,” he said.