No plans to extend school hols because of heatwave

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  • Thursday, 17 Mar 2016

High-tech classroom: Chong (third from left) observing teacher Mak Jie Ying conducting her multimedia class as (from left) Padang Serai MCA division chairman Dr Chin and Chua look on at SJK(C) Khai Min in Karangan.

KULIM: The Education Ministry does not find it necessary to extend the school holidays for now in view of the hot weather, said Deputy Education Minister Chong Sin Woon.

“We do not wish to interrupt the teaching and learning just because of the hot weather but we will moni­tor the situation closely.

“We have empowered principals and headmasters to stop outdoor activities to prevent students from being exposed to the sun,” he said.

It is the holidays now and schools will restart on March 20 in Kedah, Johor, Kelantan and Terengganu and March 21 in other states.

Meteorologists have warned that it is going to get hotter by March 20 and the pummelling heat can last until the first week of April.

Meanwhile, Chong gave the thumbs up to the school board of SJK(C) Khai Min in Karangan here for taking the initiative to go high-tech.

It may not be a big school but all 57 students in the school’s six classrooms are going through their lessons electronically from interactive slides and notes shown on projector screens.

Chong, who launched the multimedia classrooms, praised the school's initiative to keep up with the times.

“The school board sourced for the system and installed it themselves, saving a lot on cost,” he said at the school yesterday.

The school’s headmistress Yap Soon Chin said the system comprised seven sets of projectors, laptops and screens, installed at a cost of about RM50,000.

Year Six pupil Julita Ayuni Zakaria, 12, said the system made learning more interesting and effective.

“There is a lot of content and some are multimedia which make the subjects easier to understand.

“It is definitely better than reading textbooks,” she said.

Chong, who is MCA Youth chief, earlier opened the basketball court and witnessed the swearing-in of the board of directors of SJK(C) Chio Min A and SJK(C) Chio Min B.

He was accompanied by Kulim assemblyman Chua Tiong Gee and Padang Serai MCA division chairman Dr Chin Tung Leong.

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