PETALING JAYA, March 26 – The national education system should be more inclusive and pay more attention to children with learning disabilities such as dyslexia, said Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin. He said although the Malaysian Education Blueprint 2013-2025 emphasises pupils with special needs, it is still not enough for dyslexia patients.
“We need to teach our teachers to support pupils with dyslexia and other laearning disabilities. Most people with learning disabilities have average or above intelligence. We need to identify their intelligence level and hidden talents so that they can be nutured. National schools in rural areas lack the resources or awareness on learning disabilities,” he said.
He told this to the reporters when officiating the Dyslexia Awareness Via Sports programme organised by the Dyslexia Parents Support Group at Kilat Club in Bangsar near here Saturday. Khairy said parents and teachers have to colloaborate in implementing initiatives to raise public awareness on children with learning disabilities, and in turn bring change to the national education system.
Meanwhile, Dyslexia Parents Support Group president Ahmad Fitri Isahak said the campaign to raise awareness about dyslexia should be extended in view of the statistics, which show that one in five children worldwide has dyslexia. He added that more worrying is the statistics that 75 per cent of prison inmates in the world are suffering from dyslexia.