Stateless children can enrol in Kedah govt schools

FMT,-Kedah,-Malaysia,-Changlun,-School,-Stateless-Children,-Ahmad-Bashah,-Education-MinistrySIK: All children in Kedah are eligible for proper education in its primary schools, even if they do not have birth certificates, says Kedah Menteri Besar Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah.

Ahmad Bashah said the education ministry had already issued the directive, but it was likely that certain district education offices had yet to receive it.

“The ministry has already issued the directive because at the end of the day, we do not want children to become victims. Even if they don’t have a birth certificate, they can go to school.

“We understand that some children do not have birth certificates for various reasons, but there is a specific form that must be filled by their next-of-kin,” he told reporters after presenting land titles to Felcra Pulau Belantek and Bandar Beris Jaya settlers here on Wednesday.

Ahmad Bashah was speaking to reporters when asked to comment about a seven-year-old boy from Changlun, who could not be accepted for the current school session because he did not have a birth certificate.