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Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid pictured the winner of the Interfaith Between Division of Education Ministry won the Co-Curriculum and Arts Division in conjunction with the 60th National Month celebration today. (BERNAMA)

PUTRAJAYA: The nation's education sector has played its part in transforming the country into what it is today, said Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid today.

"From the education perspective, we have managed to change the destiny of the people of all races.

"For the past 60 years, each one of us have contributed to the country's transformation. We have changed the nation from the socio-cultural aspect," he said at the final choir competition organised by the ministry's sports and culture association.

Also present was Education Ministry's secretary-general Datuk Seri Alias Ahmad.

The ministry's Co-Curricular and Arts Division emerged champion in this year's choir contest held in conjunction with the Merdeka month which saw nine divisions in the Ministry pitting their singing skills.

Mahdzir even pointed out to the massive evolution of knowledge which had resulted in faster information sharing thanks to the digital technology.

Later, he told reporters that the ministry was still waiting for the report on the heavy school bag issue that has been highlighted in the media recently.

He said its officers at the state and district levels had begun to collect information on the matter at hand.

"For pupils to carry schoolbag weighing about 2kg is still acceptable. But, it is not so fitting for them to lug around load of about 6kg and above.

"We are collecting the necessary data on this from all types of schools, not just from the Chinese schools to make a comparison," Mahdzir added.

There were reports stating that the issue of pupils lugging heavy school bags had been a long-standing complaint and the issue continues to weigh down students with no obvious solutions in sight.

In 2000 and 2014, the ministry had instructed schools to discontinue workbooks for Year One and Year Two students, while those in Year Three and above are limited to one additional workbook each for Bahasa Melayu, English, Mandarin, Mathematics and Science subjects.

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