Schools have guidelines to cope with heatwave during Ramadan, says Education DG

PUTRAJAYA: School officials have clear guidelines for dealing with the ongoing heatwave that coincides with the start of Ramadan and the 2024/25 academic year next week, says Education director-general Azman Adnan.

“Our advice (is) the same whenever the hot season arrives. There are guidelines provided to officials to implement at school level.

“We will make announcements from time to time even though in terms of clothing, we have determined two days for uniform wear, two days for sports attire, and one for extra-curricular activity uniforms," he told the media after a ceremony here on Monday (March 4).

He said that during hot weather, leeway will be given for clothing like T-shirts and added that this was outlined in the circular.

Meanwhile, Azman said the Education Ministry would make sure that teachers receive training in every aspect to face the evolving challenges of education.

It was mentioned in the Dewan Rakyat on Thursday (Feb 29) that early retirement was approved for 6,394 teachers or 1.49% of the overall teaching workforce last year, a slight increase from 2022.

“We focus on enhancing teachers' readiness in (social-emotional learning) aspects and skills relevant to technological advancements, ensuring their preparedness for the future," Azman said.

He pointed out that health was a factor in some teachers seeking early retirement.

He said the ministry also carried out tests to assess teachers' emotional well-being and would conduct an intervention, either online or in person, when necessary.

“So when it comes to well-being, we... help overcome the issues teachers face" to enhance their effectiveness, he added.

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