This policy paper aims to understand the challenges faced by Orang Asli children in accessing education and to analyze if their unique needs and challenges have been met through education policies and programmes designed for them. Based on the findings, recommendations and proposals have been made to strengthen existing policies and programmes.
In this paper, which draws its data from government statistics, policy documents, education blueprint, as well as secondary quantitative and qualitative data from previous studies, has six sections, as follows:
- Section 1: Presents the background and profile of the Orang Asli.
- Section 2: Investigates the current state of education access and indicators of the Orang Asli children.
- Section 3: Reviews the challenges faced by Orang Asli children in accessing education based on literature reviews and previous studies.
- Section 4: Maps out the major educational policies and programmes explicitly targeting Orang Asli students.
- Section 5: Discusses and analyses how the policies and programmes address or do not sufficiently address the underlying challenges and needs of the Orang Asli children.
- Section 6: Proposes policy recommendations based on the discussion and analysis that could be considered to strengthen the existing policies and programmes.