About 14% of special-needs children are registered in special education programmes in government schools, according to the Education Ministry.\r\nHowever, this is considered a low percentage, said Deputy Education Minister Teo Nie Ching. Based on United Nations estimates, 10% of the population in each country around the world comprise of special needs persons. \r\nTeo hopes that the number of children being enrolled will increase soon, as this is in line with the ministry\u2019s \u2018zero reject\u2019 policy of ensuring that no children are left out of receiving a proper education.\r\n\r\nIt is important to encourage parents to send their special-needs children to school to ensure that these children also have the chance to receive the education they need, she added. \r\n\r\nOne of the main reasons why parent do not send their special-needs children to school is due to the social stigma attached. Parents also do not like them to be labelled as special needs persons.\r\n\r\nSome parents may find it hard to accept the facts and be in denial. Thus they may not even be aware that government schools provide education for these children, said Teo, according to The Star.\r\n\r\nShe stressed on the importance of publicity and awareness, adding that parents need to know that they do not have to give up on their special-needs children. Special-needs children also have a right to education.\r\n\r\n\r\nTeachers to Receive Training\r\nThe ministry is taking steps to train more teachers in special education and to raise awareness among parents about the importance of sending their special-needs children to school.\r\n\r\nTeo also added that the ministry was working with Permata to design online courses for mainstream teachers to equip them with the necessary knowledge to handle children with special needs in their classroom. These online courses would be launched soon. \r\n\r\nThe ministry wants to take in more special-needs children, and to do so, it intends to ensure that there are appropriate facilities and teachers available and capable to take care of them. Hence, more teachers will be need to be trained in special education. \r\n\r\nThis year, the Education Ministry has an allocation of RM140 million as allowance for Special Needs Students (Murid Berkeperluan Khas \u2013 MBK) in the country, with each registered student receiving RM150 a month, reported The Borneo Post.\r\n\r\nAs of 31st Jan 2019, there are 83,039 special-needs children registered in government school throughout the country.\r\n\r\nIn Sarawak alone, there are 5,804 registered special-needs children in government schools, up from 5,766 last year. From that number, 147 are in Sekolah Pendidikan Khas, 4,432 are in the special education programme (PPKI) while 590 are in the inclusive education programme (PPI). \r\n\r\nIn the PPI programme, special-needs children are placed in mainstream classrooms. The government believes that this can help the special-needs children in building up their confidence, as well as allow students from mainstream classrooms to appreciate and learn about those with different abilities. Teo also urged everyone to help in creating a friendly environment for all.\r\n\r\nFor more information about parenting and family, please visit Motherhood.com.my.