KUALA LUMPUR: A decision on the need to merge under-enrolled schools in the country will only be made after the study on the matter is completed soon, says Education Minister Mahdzir Khalid.
He told the Dewan Rakyat sitting today that several factors considered in the study, that began in 2016, included the distance between the schools affected and the facilities that must be improved if the merger of the schools were to be implemented.
Mahdzir said there were 2,996 under-enrolled schools throughout the country with enrolments of less than 150.
Of the total, 2,058 schools were national schools, 578 Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Cina (SJKC) and 360 Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Tamil (SJKT).
Of this number, 132 schools had 20 pupils or less and 44 schools had 10 pupils or less.
He disclosed this when replying to a question from Ahmad Lai Bujang (BN-Sibuti), who wanted to know if the education ministry had started the study on the need to merge under-enrolled schools in Sarawak.
Mahdzir said currently three under-enrolled schools in Kuala Lumpur had been merged, namely Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Jalan Pasar, SK Lelaki Jalan Pasar and SK Jalan Pasar 2. They were merged under SK Jalan Pasar.