JOHOR BARU: A couple, who is too poor to send two of their four children to school, has attracted the attention of Kahang assemblyman R. Vidyananthan, who visited the family in Kampung Selatan here recently.
Vidyananthan will highlight the family's plight to the district education office to ensure that the two teenagers continue schooling or be placed at a skills training centre.
Security guard Mohd Zahari Rahim, 35, and his wife Nasidah Sahran, 33, who works as a canteen assistant, make RM600 a month and receive RM100 aid from the Social Welfare Department.
Nasidah said her husband could not do heavy work after falling while working at a factory.
"Due to our lack of income, our eldest child had to drop out of school at Form 2 three years ago, while our second child dropped out of Form 2 last year.
Our two younger children are studying in primary school with the help of the Welfare Department.
"We are aware that without proper schooling, our children's future will be affected, but there is nothing we can do because we cannot afford it," said Nasidah.
Vidyananthan said he would help the family, including ensuring that the two older children resume their studies.
"We will discuss with the district education office to find out if they can go back to school. At the same time, we will consider placing them at a nearby skills training centre," he said.