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Draft on compulsory secondary education submitted to AGC
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Draft on compulsory secondary education submitted to AGC
The education ministry is determined to ensure that students attend secondary schools.
PETALING JAYA: The education ministry has submitted a draft to the Attorney-General’s Chambers on the proposal to make secondary school education compulsory, says Fadhlina Sidek.

Bernama reported that the education minister told the Dewan Negara that the move was to ensure there were no dropouts at the primary and secondary levels.

“Under the Education Act 1996, education is only compulsory up to Year 6. But the ministry is committed (to change this) and we have raised and publicised (the matter),” she said in her response during the question-and-answer session.

She was replying to a supplementary question from Senator R Nelson who wanted to know when the ministry would make secondary education compulsory to ensure that no student dropped out after completing primary school.

Section 29A(2) of the Education Act 1996 states that parents must send their children to attend primary school for six years.

Parents could be fined up to RM5,000 or jailed up to six months or both if they failed to do so.

Fadhlina said her ministry was currently implementing the K9 and K11 programmes.

She said the K9 programme was aimed at ensuring that children did not drop out from Year 1 until Form 3 while K11 was to ensure that they remained in school from Year 1 until Form 5.

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