KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 29 – The new school session for the coming year (2015) has been postponed by a week for all schools nationwide. Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who is also the Education Minister said this was due to the serious flood situations in numerous states. “A total 340 schools from seven states have been affected by the floods, including being used as evacuation centres,” he said.
School term for the 2015 year has been postponed for a week, Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said. Schools in Kedah, Kelantan, Terengganu and Johor will open on Jan 11 (Sunday) while other states will start on Jan 12. “The postponement is made after taking into consideration that schools used as temporary shelters or those flooded will take time to be restored,” he said in a press statement today. He said the ministry also agreed for the postponement after taking into consideration the plight of the teachers, parents and students who were affected by the floods and needed time to make back to school preparations.
He said if the floods had subsided by then, the school management must use the time period to holdgotong-royongto clean up the schools for the students to be able to study in a clean and better environment. On Sunday, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razakordered all cabinet ministers who are on vacation overseas to return home to mount operations to assist flood victims. “This decision was made so that they could work to assist in the flood rescue and relief operations,” he told a news conference after visiting the flood relief centre at Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Padang Tengku, Sunday.