Ministry matters

The ministry plans to delay the start of the school year

PUTRAJAYA: Education Ministry to consider need for any school to postpone the opening of the third quarter of the 2021/2022 session further depending on the impact of the floods on schools, Education Minister Datuk said Dr Radzi Jidin.

He said the ministry is currently assessing the damage to school infrastructure, including computers, furniture and textbooks.

“Generally speaking, we cannot postpone the school term and the ministry is working hard to resolve the issue of schools affected by flooding before the new term begins.

“For cases where the state of the school shows that it is still not prepared (for the opening of the new session), we will take the appropriate measures.

“The case will be examined on a case-by-case basis,” he told reporters after serving in a community program yesterday.

Radzi also called on schools to work with the state education department and district education office in listing their needs, such as furniture and textbooks, to facilitate the distribution of aid, a Bernama reported.

Previously, he announced that the third quarter of the 2021/2022 school term, which was due to start on January 2 for Group A and January 3 for Group B, had to be postponed for a week due to flooding.

Schools in Group A states will start on January 9, and schools in Group B states on January 10.

Radzi added that the ministry will still implement a rotation system for student attendance when schools open and details will be announced soon.