Starting next year, stateless children in Malaysia will be able to enrol in government schools. According to a report in The Malaysian Insight, which quoted Deputy Education Minister Teo Nie Ching, all the children have to do is produce their birth certificate.
While the undocumented children in the country could still enrol themselves, they will have two years to produce the necessary documents, Teo Nie Ching added.
The stateless children could also produce either their adoption certificate if they were adopted or any court order, The Malaysian Insight reported the Deputy Education Minister as saying, who added that "being in school is the right place for the children".
According to Teo, the Pakatan Harapan government decided to simplify the troublesome process in a meeting last week
"If they have the birth certificate, adoption certificate, a court order or one of their parents is a Malaysian, they will be able to use that to enrol. Any one of these documents is good enough," Teo was quoted as saying by The Malaysian Insight.
Additionally, the new policy will also allow the stateless children in the country to continue their studies in secondary schools
"We will allow them to take public exams, the PT3, SPM, STPM, as well," she said.