SHAH ALAM: Of the 1,176 students who dropped out of school nationwide during the first two months of the year due to the difficulties posed by the pandemic and online classes, 35.3% were from Selangor.
Dusun Tua assemblyman Edry Faizal Eddy Yusof said the issues facing many students were closely tied to economic disparities, their home environment, family support and mental well-being.
Of those who had dropped out, eight out of 10 were from families in the B40 income group, he told the Selangor state assembly today.
“The problem with this generation of dropouts, if not addressed, will lead to multigenerational poverty.”
The DAP assemblyman urged the state government to calculate monetary allocations that are geared towards education and social development and take into account the problems faced by these dropouts in the next budget.
“Of course, the jurisdiction and fiscal capacity of the state government is limited as far as solving this problem, but that does not mean we cannot contribute to the solution.
“While (a solution) may not be able to solve this problem completely, it can at least absorb the negative impacts rather than making the situation worse,” he added.
Edry noted that the RM80 million allocated to education and social development in the current budget did not allocate funds to specific programmes to address school dropouts.