The Education Ministry, through the Literacy and Numeracy Screening (LINUS) programme, has established an early detection ground for dyslexic students to ensure help is provided at an early stage.
All Year 1 to Year 3 students have to undergo a LINUS test to determine their level of competency in reading, writing and arithmetic (3R).
The Welfare, Women and Family Development Minister Datuk Fatimah Abdullah has shared that this system is trusted to be able to provide an early detection of children with dyslexia symptoms so they can be provided with special education to help them cope with their education needs.
“More public awareness needs to be created to help children with dyslexia in this state.
“They are intelligent but they sometimes find it hard to communicate or have problems with spelling.
“At times, our children are immediately accused of being slow, lazy and frequently punished in school because they fail to master reading and spelling.
“This is down to the teachers not being able to detect that those children may be troubled by dyslexia,” she said during a visit to the Dyslexia Association of Sarawak (DASwk) at their office.
In light of the situation, Fatimah has requested DASwk to step up efforts to create awareness and understanding among the society on dyslexia.
Online rehabilitation efforts should also be introduced to guide parents and teachers to assist children with dyslexia.
Awareness and information on rehabilitation should be shared with teachers in schools and parents who have children experiencing dyslexia,” she said.
However, Fatimah said that children with dyslexia are not categorised as disabled because they are not physically handicapped but experiencing delay in processing images and understanding visuals.
According to her, children in Sarawak with symptoms of dyslexia are advised to get a proper diagnosis at Klinik Jawa, Jalan P. Ramlee before undergoing any rehabilitation efforts recommended by DASwk