TAWAU, 11 Feb 2009: Education Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said students who have no birth certificates can still enrol in secondary schools provided one of the parents was a Malaysian citizen.
He said the problem should not prevent students from pursuing education as it would impact their learning process.
“If it is some form of policy, I say change the policy today,” he told reporters after visiting Sekolah Kebangsaan Balung near here yesterday.
Parents claimed that secondary schools had refused to admit their children for not having birth certificates although one parent was Malaysian.
Hishammuddin said delay by the National Registration Department (NRD) to issue birth certificates should not be used as an excuse by schools to reject the students.
“The NRD will take some time to issue the birth certificates and this will pose a problem to the students when applying to enrol at schools,” he added. — Bernama