Finally, the Education ministry is proposing some initiatives and solutions to relieve students from having to carry heavy school bags to classes.
The initiatives were announced by Senior Education Minister Datuk Dr Radzi Jidin in a video shared on his Twitter, where he said that the ministry will be providing lockers for students in schools starting this year.
In addition, there will also be a re-organisation of school timetables for students with 3 to 4 subjects a day.
[TERKINI]— Radzi Jidin Comms (@DRJComms) March 6, 2022
Selepas hampir 40 tahun isu beg berat murid ke sekolah:
1. Kepada sekolah 2 sesi; KPM akan menyediakan lokar untuk murid di Sekolah bermula tahun ini.
2. Penyusunan semula jadual waktu sekolah murid yg mengandungi 3 hingga 4 matapelajaran sehari.
Maklumat lanjut👇🏼🇲🇾 pic.twitter.com/zTLqNe7LmZ
Meanwhile, Radzi explained that the ministry will provide lockers for primary school students in stages, and that the ministry has allocated about RM37.3 million for the locker system.
“For schools with 2 sessions, for students in stage 1, which are students from primary 1, 2 and 3, we will prepare lockers for them. We want to make sure that this approach will reduce the stress on students,” he said.
Moving on, students in primary 4, 5 and 6 may also receive lockers next year.
“Insyaallah, we will do this in 2 phases. The first phase this year, we will complete this for students in stage 1 and insyaallah, if there are enough allocations, we will do this for students in stage 2, which are students from primary 4, 5 and 6,” he said.
On the other hand, Radzi said the ministry will allow schools to cut down the number of subjects a day in their timetables. He shared that some timetables see 7 subjects in a day.
“So, we sat and we discussed it, this cannot go on, just reduce the subjects per day and arrange them accordingly, so that the number of subjects a day is reduced and students don’t have to bring along so many books with them,” he said.
That’s not all about it, other initiatives include:
- Exercise books: Only 2 exercise books per subject at a time is allowed, and each book must contain less than 80 pages.
- Activity books and workbooks: Students should only use activity books provided by the ministry and workbooks can only be used as reference or study material outside of lessons.
- Digital textbooks: Students have access to 692 digital textbooks (and ongoing new publications) via the Digital Educational Learning Initiative Malaysia (DELIMa) platform.
- The PdP Approach: The Education Ministry encourages themed, modular, project-based, practical simulation (Virtual Lab) and differentiated learning.
- KAFA uniforms: Students will no longer need to change out of their school uniforms and into their KAFA uniforms when attending after school Quran and Fardhu Ain Classes (KAFA).
Meanwhile, the ministry added that they will be working with parents via the Parent-Teacher Association (PIBG) to help build cooperation and collaboration with parents.
After almost 4 decades of students nationwide struggle with heavy school bags, our future generation can finally be relieved from this burden!
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