This despite the fact that their parents are all citizens.
Andrew verifying the details of pupils (from left) Mahaletchumy,
Jayasutha, Meganathan, Nisha, Pavitra and Teeban at SJKT Ladang Linsum
near Seremban Monday.
“I am only an average pupil and I
need to attend school to be able to do well in the UPSR. I cannot
afford tuition,'' she said in between sobs outside the school.
Approached by The Star
headmistress A. Gracy said the action was due to a directive from the
state Education Department that school heads who allowed such pupils in
their schools would be fined RM1,000 for each pupil, which must be paid
out of their own pockets.
The other pupils who have been forced
to stop school are siblings L. Nisha, 10, Pavitra, nine, and Teeban,
eight, orphaned cousins S. Meganathan, 11, and Mahaletchumy, seven,
and K. Tamilarasi, nine, and G. Arvind, eight. B. Muniammah, 50,
who has been taking care of Jayasutha since she was two and who is also
Meganathan's and Mahaletchumy's grandmother, said the school notified
her of the matter just after Chinese New Year.
“Meganathan and Mahaletchumy were both born at Kuala Lumpur Hospital and their parents died when they were young. “Jayasutha's
parents have also passed away and all I have are hospital cards of
their mothers going for their pre-natal check-ups,” she said. R.
Mageswary, 34, the mother of the three siblings, said she submitted
applications for her children's birth certificates early last month but
there was no news yet.
Malaysian Public Service Society president Andrew Raju said the pupils should not be penalised for their parents' oversight.
have submitted their applications to the National Registration
Department and we don't know how long it is going to take before they
are given their birth certificates. “Whichever way you look at it, the children are the ones who are going to pay the price for this,” he said. State Education director Abdul Halim Abdul Razak could not be reached for comment.