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PADANG BESAR – The poverty factor, which is among the causes of students dropping out of school and denying them the opportunity to change the lot of their families, should be taken seriously, said Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Azlan.

He said although the percentage of dropouts due to poverty was not serious, it should not be allowed to continue in a developing country like Malaysia.

“The elements that encourage them (students) to leave schools such as poverty and environmental influences should be addressed via different approaches by the parties responsible including the Parents and Teachers Association (PTA) and especially the State Education Department.

“Students who were not interested in academic study can be absorbed into a Community College or GiatMara Centre to hone their skills,” he said in his opening speech at the 45th annual general meeting of the Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Tengku Suleiman PTA, Beseri here today.

Azlan also launched the school’s ‘2018 Best Attendance’ programme, which was aimed at student attendance of up to 98 per cent.

The menteri besar said he would discuss the issue of dropouts of Perlis students with the State Education Department and PTA to get the best approach to overcome the problem.

In another development, Azlan said the Ministry of Education has approved RM1.65 million to rebuild a building that housed the school’s laboratory and cooking room that was burned down in 2016. – BERNAMA

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