Asia-Pacific Aug 13, 2014
KUALA LUMPUR: The Education Ministry is working on more inclusive education for students with disabilities. Deputy Education Minister Datuk Mary Yap said the first step was to create better awareness among parents and the public.
“In Malaysia, some parents may even be embarrassed to admit that their child has a disability.
“But we need to let them know that there’s nothing to be ashamed about,” she said at a discussion themed “Inclusive education for the global knowledge economy in Asean: A Focus on Malaysia” organised by Universiti Malaya and the Institute on Disability and Public Policy.
Yap said among the challenges faced by students with disabilities were the shortage of qualified teachers and the lack of uniformed access to education.
“Chapter 4 of the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025 states that the ministry is committed to moving more students with disabilities towards raising the quality of provision,” she said.
Students with disabilities would be allowed to study in regular classrooms under the ministry’s inclusive education program.
Susilah Ahmad, head of the ministry’s Special Education Division Micro Planning Unit, said as of April, 58,253 students with disabilities had been enrolled in regular schools.
Of these, only 7,797 students were in inclusive education programs.