Education Ministry reviewing guidelines on stateless children’s admission to schools

A screenshot of Dr Radzi during his ministerial winding-up speech in the Dewan Rakyat today (March 14, 2022). Photo: Parlimen Malaysia Youtube

By Nur Ashikin Louis

KUCHING, March 14: The Ministry of Education (MOE) is reviewing the guidelines and procedures for registering stateless children to government schools.

Senior Minister of Education Datuk Dr Radzi Jidin said this includes discussions with the Home Ministry and relevant federal agencies.

“There is no change in policy apart from those circulated on March 11, 2009 and January 15, 2018.

“While the review is being carried out, these two circulations are still in effect,” he said during the ministerial winding-up speech in the Dewan Rakyat today.

The two circulars are Professional Circular Entry 1/2009 of Malaysian Citizens’ Children Without Documents dated March 11, 2009 and Education Circular 3/2018 on Admission to School for Non-Citizen Children dated January 15, 2018.

Radzi, who is also a Senator, further said the MOE was aware that there are cases where Malaysian children (those without documentation) could not continue their education in primary schools.

Therefore, any issues aroused in this regard will be considered based on a case-by-case basis and subject to the law and regulations.

When pressured by Kasthuriraani Patto (PH-Batu Kawan), Radzi stressed that there was no change in education policy since the two circulars.

“If any Honorable Members encounter any cases due to certain reasons, you can bring the issue up to me. Because I have clarified that there was no change in policy,” he pointed out. ― DayakDaily