Yeoh (left) talking to SMK Luak Miri teachers.

MIRI: Efforts will be intensified to register disabled people (OKU) in rural areas through the Social Welfare Department’s (JKS) ‘Jom Daftar’ programme.

“Next week, JKS will be in Lawas for the programme,” said Deputy Women, Family and Community Development Minister Hannah Yeoh during her visit to SMK Luak Miri here, yesterday.

She added that focus would be given to parents or guardians of OKUs in the interior areas so that they register their children or disabled family members.

On another matter, Yeoh disclosed that her ministry together with the Education Ministry would be identifying suitable learning programmes for special needs students under the ‘Zero Reject’ policy.

Yeoh (left) talking to SMK Luak Miri teachers.

This included finding the right transition programme for special needs students.

The policy was launched in January last year by the Education Ministry with the aim of ensuring that children in the country, including those with special needs and undocumented, have access to education.

“Our ministry is committed to ensuring all have access to quality education that meets their needs, this will include special needs students,” she said.

As of Oct 17 last year, 13,474 special needs students have enrolled in schools under the policy.

“This figure has shown an increase, therefore schools need improvement in terms of facilities to cater to the needs of these students (with disabilities),” Yeoh said.