KUCHING: The present education system affords everyone equal access regardless of social and economic status, colour, and creed said Demak Laut assemblyman Dr Hazland Abang Hipni.
“The education system has not neglected any section of society, whether blind or deaf; children with Down syndrome also received education in the country.
“In fact, the existence of private educational institutions and various types of schools such as Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK), Sekolah Kebangsaan Jenis (SKJ) Cina (C), SKJ Tamil (T) and so on are part of the democratisation agenda of education,” he said.
He said this when met after conducting a walkabout at SK Pajar Sejingkat recently.
Dr Hazland said the present system includes support measures namely the Textbook Loan Scheme (SPBT), Supplementary Meal Plan (RMT) and the provision of scholarships.
“The scholarship assistance by the Ministry of Education and other agencies is so that poverty is not a stumbling block for individuals to obtain proper education.
“So, there are no more reasons not to send children to school due to the pressures of life,” he said.
In the same vein, Dr Hazland said the democratisation of education also gives awareness to students about the importance of education for their future and its importance in determining the continuity of the nation.
“It can also eradicate illiteracy among the population in every country. Also, it can bridge the gap in academic achievement due to inequality of opportunities in education,” he said.
At the event, he also presented an annual grant of RM10,000 to SK Fajar Sejingkat to fund the school’s annual activities.