The Pandemic Has Turned 1,517 Malaysian Students Into Orphans In Just 18 Months

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(source: The Straits Time)

As the pandemic rages on, much of our focus tends to be on the death toll and daily case numbers, and less on the plight of those left behind by loved ones.

As Malaysia’s Covid-19 death toll rises, too many young children are learning the despair of losing their parents.

According to Harian Metro, the Ministry of Education (KPM) has confirmed that 1,517 students across the country have lost either one parent or both parents due to the Covid-19 virus. The figures were recorded between March last year until August.

“Although this number is considered small compared to five million students nationwide at this time, the welfare of Covid-19 victims’ children are taken seriously. KPM through the State Education Department (JPN), District Education Office (PPD) and the school management are always sensitive to the fate of students who have lost their parents,” it said.

(source: Utusan)

The department has also set up a special team to ensure immediate action and assistance is channelled to the affected groups.

“Various help will be given immediately, including assistance from ‘Kumpulan Wang Amanah Pelajar Miskin’ and food supply assistance under ‘Rancangan Makanan Tambahan’ for those who are eligible as well as student placement in hostels under the MOE,” he said.