ADD, ADHD may be root cause of disinterest
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November 24, 2015
Health issues also contribute to students dropping out of schools, says education activist
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PAGE chairman Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim says parents sometimes do not even realise that their children are suffering from ADHD, in saying that the health factor could be one of the reasons why students are dropping out from schools.
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PAGE chairman Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim says parents sometimes do not even realise that their children are suffering from ADHD, in saying that the health factor could be one of the reasons why students are dropping out from schools. — TRP file pic

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KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 24, 2015:

Students suffering from medical issues such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) could be one of the reasons why many are dropping out of schools, said Parent Action Group for Education (PAGE) chairman Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim.

“Lack of interest and a non-conducive learning environment is not the only reason why many students are dropping out of schools.

“Sometimes, parents do not even realise their children are suffering from ADHD.

“Some have even denied the fact that their children have such issues.

“They end up not being treated for their medical issues and drop out of school,” said Noor Azimah when contacted today.

Noor Azimah was asked to comment on the recent press statement made by the Coalition on Plan of Action for Malaysia (GBM) that many students dropped out of schools due to their lack of interest in studying, the language barrier during learning transitions and the non-conducive learning environment.

Addressing the medical issue, she suggested that teachers should have the ability to identify special needs students, especially those suffering from ADHD.

“Teachers should be able to identify such students to assist in the government’s effort in building Special Needs Schools to cater for such students.”

Earlier, GBM announced at a press conference that it was planning to expand its parental coaching programme called “Ibubapa Memastikan Peningkatan Akademik Anak (Impak)” to Chinese and Malay schools, after their previous success in Tamil schools, to address secondary student dropouts in Malaysia.

GBM’s effort was based on a study done by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) which revealed that in 2013 more than 18,000 students dropped out from schools, 3,920 of them before Primary 6 and 14,396 before entering secondary level.

Supporting GBM efforts, Noor Azimah said that it was a good method in addressing the issue from the root by giving parents the opportunity to engage in their children’s learning process.

“It’s a fantastic programme because parents need the skills to be more engaged with their children in terms of studying because getting hold of the parents is the most difficult part.”

However, one of the concerns of the programme would be sustainability of the parental coaching sessions that will be held for the parents, she added.

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