PETALING JAYA: The National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP) is appealing to the Education Ministry to ensure standardisation of the Chinese New Year holiday period at learning institutions nationwide.
NUTP secretary-general Harry Tan (pic) said they had received several complaints from educators claiming that certain institutions were not following the Education Department deputy director-general's announcement that Feb 15 to 19 would be the official holiday period for Chinese New Year.
"All directors and representatives must adhere and accept the decision announced in the official notice.
"We hope that Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid will look into any instances where heads of department go against the decision," he said in a statement on Saturday.
NUTP also urged the Mahdzir to intervene and standardise the Chinese New Year holiday period at all education institutions to ensure there is no misunderstanding between teachers, lecturers and their heads of department.
"The standardisation will send a message that the 1Malaysia community is multicultural and celebrations must be observed by all.
"A standardised holiday period will also allow each family to manage their travelling plans for the holiday period," said Tan.