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KUALA LUMPUR: A special centre is to be set up to provide basic education for street children, according to the Education Ministry.
The "Jalinan Qaseh" Guidance Centre would be established with a start-up cost of between RM3 million and RM5 million, said the ministry's Planning and Education Policy Research Division director Dr Faridah Abu Hassan.
She said a paper on the centre would be submitted to the Cabinet this year.
"The proposal can be made this year but the implementation, such as cost and so on, will take time to be determined," she said when approached by reporters after launching an "Education for All" programme in Chow Kit, here, today.
She said teachers from normal schools would serve at the centre to ensure that the children receive the right education and guidance.
"In terms of concept, first we will teach basic skills, namely, reading, writing and arithmetic, but there are suggestions that we treat the centre as a normal school with other subjects as well.
"But, we still have to see first because they have never been to school. So, we have to tailor the concept for them, and we hope, we can provide several
skills at secondary level," she said.
Dr Faridah said the teachers serving at the centre did not require special training but had to be sensitive to the needs of the children.
She said there were more than 500 street children, aged between six and 17, around Kuala Lumpur and Selangor who had not attended school.
Dr Faridah said the ministry also planned to build a hostel for the street children.
The proposed location of the hostel was the original site of the Federal Territory Education Department in Jalan Raja Muda, she added. - Bernama