SHAH ALAM: There are 12,281 school-going children who are unable to pursue their education in Selangor, says Amirudin Shari (pic).
The Selangor Mentri Besar disclosed this at the state legislative assembly on Wednesday (Nov 13) and added that out of this number, 11,031 were secondary school students, while the remaining 1,250 were from primary schools.
Among the secondary school students, 10,094 had stopped school, 549 were not interested in studying, 183 had to go to work, 123 had family problems, 43 had difficulty in going to school, 19 had married, and 11 were frightened to go to school and nine were fraught with poverty, added Amirudin.
As for primary students, 863 had stopped school, 198 had family problems, 128 were not interested in going to school, 29 faced difficulty to go to school, 15 faced poverty, eight were frightened to go to school, seven were working and two were married, said Amirudin in replying to a question by Mazwan Johar (Amanah-Sungai Ramal) at the state legislative assembly.
Mazwan had wanted to know the number of children who were not going to school in Selangor, and the measures taken by the state government to ensure needy students were not left behind academically.
Amirudin also replied that the Selangor government had initiated state-managed tuition classes under the Program Tuisyen Rakyat Selangor (PTRS) to ensure needy students were not left behind in school.
He added the PTRS can be conducted with flexible hours which is fixed by the respective schools.
"This programme is initiated for students from low income families," said Amirudin.
Mazwan also wanted to know if the state government or state education department had any special programmes to help school students from needy families, as well as stateless children.
Amirudin clarified that the state education department did not have a specific programme to help needy or stateless children.
"However, the Selangor Education Department has ways to help by way of the supplementary food programme, trust fund for poor students and school milk programme, among others," said Amirudin.
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