Senior Education Minister Datuk Dr Radzi Jidin has announced that the reopening of schools next year will be deferred by a week due to the massive floods that hit central Malaysia last week.
According to Radzi, schools in Category A states would reopen on 9 January 2022, and those in Category B on 10 January 2022.
He explain that the decision was made after taking into consideration the current flood situation which impacted students, teachers and parents, either directly or indirectly.
“We are also taking it into account schools which have either been turned into flood relief centres or badly damaged in the floods.”
“The Education Ministry has decided that the third session of the 2021/2022 school term will be postponed for one week and schools in Group A states will start on 9 Jan and for those in Group B states will start on 10 Jan,” Radzi said.
Group A comprises schools in Johor, Kedah, Kelantan, and Terengganu while Group B comprises schools in other states and the federal territories.
Meanwhile, Radzi also said the Education Ministry cares about the welfare of teachers, students, as well as parents in the context of the current flood situation.
“We are aware that it has been tough for many and they will need time to make preparations to start the third session of the 2021/2022 school term.”
“We also pray for all flood victims and any of the Education Ministry’s decisions will be based on the teachers, students and parents’ welfare,” Radzi added.
As of Thursday (23 December), Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani said there were a total of 68,341 flood victims from 18,080 families throughout the country.
Seven states had been hit by the floods, with Pahang and Selangor being the worst affected.