Gov't studies proposal to make schooling mandatory till SPM

Last update: 27/01/2019

KULAI, Jan 27 (Bernama) -- The government is currently reviewing the Education Act to make it mandatory for students to complete schooling from Standard One till Form Five.

Deputy Education Minister Teo Nie Ching said parents who failed to send their children to school could face a fine of up to RM5,000 or six months imprisonment.

She said at present, the Education Act only required pupils to complete schooling until Standard Six

"Currently, more than 98 per cent of children are schooling (in primary schools) but our target is 100 per cent," she told reporters after the launch of the national-level 'Ziarah Cakna' programme at the Kulai District Education Office here today.

Teo said the programme was a continuation of the 'No Child Left Behind' initiative which began in July 2018, aimed at identifying the problems faced by families which lead to their children not attending school.

"Perhaps this way (by having the Ziarah Cakna programme) we can meet the parents and understand their problems.....