The resignation of Dr. Maszlee Malik as the Ministry of Education has shocked many people. A victory to some but a devastating news to most. Especially to the teachers, parents and children community. In time of this healing period, it is important for us to focus on the goods that Dr. Maszlee has brought upon in the education field. As of last year, he has introduced nationally on the Zero Reject Policy; A Shot at Life for Special Children.
THE new “Zero Reject Policy”, introduced by the Education Ministry (MOE), has brought joy to special needs pupils and their parents because it allows the children to enroll in national schools without difficulty. The policy has allayed fears among parents as it provides equal opportunity and access to education for disabled children.
All parents need to do is to register their children at the ministry’s website two years before they begin primary schooling to secure a place at the school of their choice. Early intervention can then be given to the pupils before the school year begins. This will facilitate a smooth transition into primary school for the disabled children and enables them to participate in the teaching and learning process.
Under this policy, pupils with special needs will receive an education that corresponds with their abilities, either at national schools via the Inclusive Education Programme (PPI), the Special Education Integrated Programme (PPKI) or Special Education School (SPK) at primary and secondary levels.
Maszlee also said the government plans to introduce disabled-friendly education programs into Malaysia’s school system to provide a more inclusive approach.
"We plan to make all mainstream schools disabled-friendly and to have a more inclusive approach to special needs education. We are strengthening the existing programs, scaling up initiatives and increasing the pool of experts to support these students. Our aim is to give every child with special needs access to a high-quality education that is tailored to their particular needs and having every teacher equipped with basic know- ledge of special education."
Indeed, every child has a right to an education.