Special needs students will not be left behind, assures deputy minister

Yeoh (left) listening to a briefing during her visit to SMK Luak Miri today (Feb 6, 2020).

By Brad Rantayy

MIRI,Feb 6: The Women, Family and Community Development Ministry together with the Education Ministry will identify suitable learning programmes for special need students under the ‘Zero Reject’ policy, revealed the former ministry’s deputy minister Hannah Yeoh.

This includes finding the right transition programme for special need students.

The ‘Zero Reject’ policy was launched in January last year by the Education Ministry with the aim of ensuring all children in the country including those with special needs and undocumented children have access to education in Malaysia.

“Our ministry is committed to ensuring all students have access to quality education that meets their needs. This includes special need students,” she said today, when met during a visit to Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Luak Miri.

She added, a meeting with the Education Ministry and other relevant departments such as the Welfare Department would be held in Putrajaya.

As of October 17 last year, 13,474 special needs students have enrolled in schools under the ‘Zero Reject’ policy.

“This figure shows an increase; therefore, schools need improvements in terms of facilities to cater the needs of these students (with disabilities),” she said.

Meanwhile, on the ‘Jom Daftar’ programme, Yeoh said her ministry is intensifying efforts to encourage parents and guardians of disabled children to register their children with the Welfare Department (JKM).

“We are intensify the effort to the rural areas and next week JKM will be in Lawas for the registration programme,” she added. — DayakDaily