Higher Education Ministry plans intervention to address overcrowding in schools, says Fadhlina

NIBONG TEBAL: The Education Ministry has drawn up several long-term and short-term interventions to resolve the issue of overcrowding in schools nationwide.

Its Minister, Fadhlina Sidek, said that the short-term intervention involved the construction and use of cabins in schools with high student density, as well as dispersing students to nearby schools so that the number of students could be controlled, in an atmosphere conducive to learning.

She explained that the long-term intervention is the construction of new schools, which will take time, but the ministry will try its best to ensure student comfort.

"In the last budget, 26 new schools have been approved to be constructed, and we hope that, with the new schools, we will be able to reduce the high density of students in the school, and at the same time, our children will be able to learn in a comfortable environment.

"As for the use of cabins, there are some schools we have identified in terms of capacity, but it is only a short-term approach; for long-term, they should attend lessons in school buildings which are conducive to learning,” she said.

She said this after attending the state-level ministry's Jaulah Ramadan 2024 programme, at Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Sungai Acheh, here, which was also attended by her deputy, Wong Kah Wong.

Fadhlina said that the ministry will continue to focus on addressing the issue, to provide comfort and a conducive learning environment for students.

She said that, currently, Selangor and Kuala Lumpur are among the states with a high density of school students. - Bernama

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