‘Stateless kids can study here’

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  • Monday, 04 Mar 2019

Future bright stars: Teo (in white) having a chat with three-year-old Kayla Huwaida Mohd Amri, during a visit to the Brainy Bunch International Islamic Montessori child care centre at UTM in Skudai, Johor. — Bernama

JOHOR BARU: The Education Minis­try will make it easier for stateless children to get education by enrolling them at government primary schools here, says deputy minister Teo Nie Ching.

She said most primary school pupils were registered through the ministry’s “Ziarah Cak­na” pro­­­­gramme that was introduced to all parents and children early this year.

“The remaining 2% are stateless children, who are living in poverty and their parents lack informa-tion on the educational needs of their children.

“The ministry has already started the process to register stateless children at government schools,” she said after launching a day-care centre at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) here yesterday.

She said guardians or parents of these children would only have to show documents such as birth certificates or a court order that stated their children were born here for them to enter government schools.

Teo also stressed that under the Education Act 1996, it was compul­sory for parents or guardians to send their children to primary schools.

On another matter, she said the ministry encouraged privately-run preschools to register with the Education Department.

Currently, some 47% of chil-dren were registered at government-owned preschools while rest go to private institutions, she said.

“We hope to get as many private preschools to register with the de­­partment for them to use our national co-curriculum,” she said at the press conference.

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