MoE to study need for postponement of reopening for schools affected by floods

PUTRAJAYA: The Education Ministry (MoE) will examine the need for any school to postpone the opening of the third term of the 2021/2022 session based on how badly the schools are affected by the floods, said Senior Education Minister Datuk Dr Radzi Jidin.

He said at the moment, the MoE is evaluating the infrastructure damage at schools including computers, furniture and textbooks.

"Generally, we cannot postpone the school session and the MoE is working hard to resolve the issue of schools affected by the floods before the opening of the new session.

"For cases where the condition of the school is showing that it is still not prepared, we will take the appropriate action. The matter will be looked at on a case by case basis," he told reporters after officiating a community programme in Putrajaya here today.

At the same time, he appealed to schools to work together with the State Education Department and the District Education Department by listing out their needs such as furniture and textbooks, to facilitate aid distribution.

Earlier Radzi announced that the third term of the 2021/2022 school session which was supposed to begin on Jan 2, 2022, for Group A and Jan 3, 2022, for Group B had to be postponed by a week because of the floods.

He said states in Group A comprising Johor, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu will begin school on Jan 9 and Group B comprising Melaka, Negri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Penang, Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor, Federal Territories of Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan, on Jan 10.

Radzi added that the MOE would still implement a rotation system for students' attendance when schools reopen and the details would be announced soon. --BERNAMA

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