Education Ministry yet to decide on uniform guidelines

NIBONG TEBAL: The Education Ministry is seeking feedback from various parties in setting school uniform guidelines for the next school session.

Minister Fadhlina Sidek said they took an open approach with regard to the issue, and so far, still gave flexibility to students to come to school without wearing uniforms.

"We are still listening to views, inputs and suggestions from all stakeholders, including parents, with regard to this uniform issue. So far, we have not made any decision yet.

"For now, continue with what you are wearing. The important thing is to go to school dressed. That's what's important," she told newsmen here today.

The Nibong Tebal member of parliament was met after conducting a working visit to Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Seri Nibong here to check on the four-day water supply disruption in the state.

On May 3, last year, the ministry allowed students, teachers and members of the implementation group in all its educational institutions to wear sports attire due to the hot weather. The special permission was intended to avoid any complications to health.

Meanwhile, commenting on her working visit, Fadhlina said she saw the high commitment of the State Education Department, the District Education Office and the schools, especially the teachers, in ensuring that the education of students in their respective schools were not affected.

She witnessed the teachers making thorough preparations in implementing the Teaching and Learning at Home (PdPR) session after all schools in Penang implemented the PdPR due to the scheduled water supply disruption for four days starting yesterday.

"This is a very good period for us to strengthen some elements in our education, especially PdPR, and also ensure access to education for children regardless of where they are.

"Checks show that teachers are ready for PdPR with the department monitoring all aspects, including in terms of preparation. Even if children do not have devices, they are given module worksheets to complete school works to ensure their education is not interrupted," she added.

Fadhlina said that water supply storage preparations, especially involving boarding schools, were running smoothly and was sufficient.

"Besides, some schools have started getting water supply as usual from today.

"It means that the water supply will not be cut off for a long time, she said. It was reported that all schools in Penang,except Form Five and Pre-University College students, would undergo PdPR session following a scheduled water supply disruption for four days, starting yesterday

Fifth Formers and Pre-University College students would study as usual at schools following the scheduled examinations.

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