Malaysia

Flood-hit schools may start 2013 session late

December 26, 2012

PUTRAJAYA, Dec 26 — Schools affected by floods may have to delay the start of 2013 schooling session slated for January 1 and 2, said deputy director-general of education (operations), Sufa’at Tumin.

However, the decision would be made by state education directors based on information from the National Security Council and State Flood Operations Room.

“We will look at the situation because there is a week left before school starts. The floods may have receded by then and schools can start as planned,” he told reporters here today.

Sufa’at said measures should have been taken to ensure that school equipment such as chairs, tables and computers were not damaged by the floods.

Schools in Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu will start session on January 1 and end December 31 while the other states will start on January 2 and end on January 1, 2014.

It will involve a total of 205 school days, including public holidays and 84 school term holidays.

Some 425,665 students will start Year One, 533,135 will start Form One, 23 new schools will open comprising 14 primary, eight secondary and one sports school in Sabah.

The Jawi, al-Quran, Arabic and Fardh Ain (j-QAF) programme will be expanded to 2,053 schools including Chinese (SJKC) and Tamil (SJKT) with Muslim students, bringing the total number of schools to 6,928.

The Special Schooling Aid of RM100 for secondary school students will be distributed from Jan 15 until Feb 15.

Sufa’at stressed that schools are not allowed to make any deduction.

The Ministry of Education (MOE) will also distribute RM250 book vouchers valid from January 1-May 31, 2013 to higher education students.

The vouchers will benefit some 157,149 Upper Six, matriculation college and university students and teacher trainees active from January 1-March 31, 2013. — Bernama