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Under-Enrolled Schools Will Not Be Closed Without Parents’ Agreement

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KUALA LUMPUR – The government will not close under-enrolled schools (SKM), despite having to spend RM2 billion a year to run them, totalling 2,996 across the country, said Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid. He said based on analysis, the cost of operating schools with enrollment of 150 students and below was high, at RM67,130.65…

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NIOSH To Inspect All Schools Nationwide

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PUTRAJAYA – The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has been invited to be part of a task force to coordinate safety aspects at all residential tahfiz or Islamic religious schools. Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who is also Home Minister, said the Education Ministry should not be alone…

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Student Accused In Washington School Blamed Bullying

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SPOKANE, Wash. – The teenager accused of opening fire at his Washington state high school, killing a student, told police he took the firearms from his father’s gun safe and wanted to teach his classmates a lesson about “bullying,” court papers showed on Thursday. An affidavit filed by a police detective following 15-year-old Caleb Sharpe’s…

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25 Dead In Fire At Pusat Tahfiz Jalan Keramat

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KUALA LUMPUR: At least 25 people have died after a fire broke out at a religious (tahfiz) school in Jalan Datuk Keramat early Thursday. “Based on our information at the moment, 25 students and teachers have died in the fire. “Our personnel are still at the scene,” he said.

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School Headmaster Charged With Abuse Of Power

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PETRA JAYA: A 58-year-old school headmaster was charged at the Kuching Special Court for Corruption here today with abuse of power involving a contract worth more than RM80,000. Ismail Idris pleaded not guilty to the charge made against him under Section 23 of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009 for abuse of power for…

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443,794 Candidates To Sit For UPSR This Year

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PUTRAJAYA – A total of 443,794 candidates will be sitting for the Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah 2017 from Sept 11 to 14 and Sept 18. The Ministry of Education in a statement today said from the total, 433,536 were government and government-aided school candidates while 10,258 were private school candidates. The examination will involve 8,085…

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Four Schools Remain Close Due To Floods In Sarawak

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MIRI – Four primary schools remained close here  today,  including two which were closed since Monday, due to the floods. Sarawak Disaster Management Committee Secretariat said the two schools were Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Kuala Kebulu and SK Bukit Balai, while the other two schools were SK  Long Lenei and SK Nanga Kain, which were closed since yesterday. The four schools…

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Sekolah Menengah Sains Kuala Selangor Named Best Overall

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BANTING – Sekolah Menengah Sains Kuala Selangor (KUSESS) has been hailed the best overall Fully Residential School (SBP) in conjunction with the 44th Fully Residential Schools Excellence Day, tonight. The award was presented by Education deputy director-general (Operations) Datuk Ahmad Tajuddin Jab to KUSESS principal, Mohd Shahadan Abdul Rahman. The school also received four other…

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Year Six Pupil ‘Falls’ From Third Storey Of School Building

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KLANG – A Year Six pupil sustained serious injuries after she was believed to have fallen from the third floor of a primary school here yesterday. South Klang district police chief ACP Alzafny Ahmad said the girl was found lying on the ground floor of the building by a teacher about 7.20am before she was…

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SKKGB First School To Implement Punch Card System

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KUALA NERUS – SK Kompleks Gong Badak (SKKGB) here is the first school in Terengganu to use a punch card machine to solve the problem of students coming late. SKKGB PTA president Zamzaini Zolkeffi said this was a joint initiative of the PTA and the school’s administration. He said the system would be an indication…

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12 Classes In SK Sungai Ular Flooded

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KUANTAN – The first day of the 2017 school session in Sekolah Kebangsaan Sungai Ular near here was disrupted when 12 of the 18 classes in the school came under 0.5m of flood waters. Kuantan district education officer Mohd Razali Mustafar said the school which used to be a flood relief centre, was flooded when…

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Ultraman Joins Mickey And Minnie To Beat First-Day School Blues

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PETALING JAYA: Ultraman skipped fighting mutated monsters for a day when he made a surprise but delightful appearance at a primary school in Johor on Sunday. SK Sri Rengit in Batu Pahat helped its pupils beat first-day blues when it brought two Ultraman characters to welcome pupils who quickly warmed up to their super hero.…

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Electrical Wiring Problems In 2,046 Schools

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KUALA LUMPUR – A total of 2,046 schools throughout the country have been identified as having electrical wiring problems which is one of the causes of recent fires in schools. Deputy Education Minister Senator Datuk Chong Sin Woon said these schools were more than 20 years old. “Most of the fires which broke out did…

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270 School Projects In Sabah, Sarawak Being Implemented

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KUALA LUMPUR – The education ministry is currently implementing 270 primary and secondary school development projects in Sabah and Sarawak, the Dewan Rakyat was told today. Education Deputy Minister Datuk Chong Sin Woon said 139 of these projects were in Sabah and the rest in Sarawak, and included constructing new schools, classrooms, computer laboratories, fields,…

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Ex-Servicemen Highly Trained And More Equipped To Guard Schools

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PETALING JAYA: Retired armed forces personnel could serve as guards in schools to help address bullying, drug peddling, smo­king and other social woes. Viper Force Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Mohd Rashid Musa said they would discuss with the Education Ministry on the possibility of engaging the veterans to help guard the schools apart from…

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Ministry Denies Issuing Notice On School Closure

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PETALING JAYA: Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid has rubbished a fake notice claiming that schools will close on Tuesday due to the haze. The notice, which has the ministry logo and is dated Monday, has gone viral. It falsely states that schools in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Putrajaya, Negri Sembilan and the Sri Aman, Kuching…

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Student Falls To Death After Trying To Retrieve Friend’s Bag

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PUTRAJAYA: A 15 year-old student from SMK Precinct 9 died after he fell from the third floor of the school here. It is learnt the victim, identified as Azim Hakimi Abu Shuja, fell during the 9.40am incident on Monday while he was trying to retrieve his friend’s bag that was thrown out by other students.…

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Education Ministry Wants Review Of Security In Schools

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JOHOR BARU: The Education Ministry wants all state directors to review the contracts of security companies appointed to keep schools and children safe. Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid (pic) said some schools hired guards who do not have the basic knowledge or skills in providing security. Mahdzir said the ministry has discussed the issue at…

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Keeping School Going By Giving Out RM500 To New Pupils

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GEORGE TOWN: Old boys of the SJK (C) Sum Min here are thinking out of the box to keep the school from closing down due to poor enrolment. The ex-pupils’ association will give out a one-time RM500 incentive to new pupils who enrol for next year’s Year One. This is to address the problem of…

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Foundation To Help Ailing PIBGS

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By Nurul Halawati Mohamad Azhari KUALA LUMPUR: Many students thrive in a school with a strong Parent-Teacher Association (PIBG). An active PIBG committee will not only ensure improved educational facilities but the well-being of school students as well. However, the PIBG committees in some schools may not able to perform their functions as efficiently due…

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School Head Promotes ‘Miracle Water’ For Students

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KLANG: The headmistress of a vernacular school here has raised the ire of parents for allegedly making students drink “miracle water” packaged by a religious movement. According to SJK(C) Pandamaran A board of governors secretary Choo Kim San, the headmistress claimed that the water has the power to make students smarter. “She has been doing…

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Schools Nationwide To Operate As Usual From Tomorrow

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PUTRAJAYA – Schools nationwide, including those in Perlis and Kedah will operate as usual tomorrow (March 24) following observation in the past 72 hours which found temperatures to be below 38 degrees Celsius. Nevertheless, the Education Ministry in a statement here Wednesday, said all activities outside the classroom would still be put on hold until…

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Schools In Kedah And Perlis To Close For 2 Days From Tuesday

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PETALING JAYA – Due to the extreme hot and dry weather, all schools in Kedah and Perlis have been ordered to close for two days from tomorrow. Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid who announced this today, said the decision was taken on the advice of the Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry, Natural Resources and…

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Najib: Ministry To Decide On School Closure After The Holidays

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Education Ministry will decide on the need to close schools if the extreme heat continues after the end of the first term holidays this week, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. The existing procedures gave school heads the authority to cancel outdoor activities if the conditions warranted it, he added.…

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DAP-led Penang Government Should List Affordable Housing Projects – Gerakan Youth

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GEORGE TOWN: The DAP-led Penang state government has been urged to provide a list of affordable housing projects approved before and after the housing guidelines were issued. “From the list, we can see whether the affordable housing projects approved were in accordance with the guidelines or not,” Penang Gerakan Youth Public Complaints Bureau chief Jason…

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Six Sarawak Schools To Be Restored Using IBS

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DENGKIL – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak today said the restoration of schools using the Industrialised Building System (IBS) would be extended nationwide, starting with six schools in Sarawak. The six schools are SK Pulau Seduku, SMK Sebuyau, SK Nanga Pua in Selangau; SK Kampung Tanam, SK Kalok Pusa in Betong and SK…

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Emotions Reign At First Day Of New School Year

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KUALA LUMPUR – The atmosphere was emotionally charged. There was anxiety, concern, fear, excitement, sobs, laughter …. The 2016 first-day-of-school blues did not spare anyone – neither the children nor their parents. These were familiar scenes today in schools in several states and the federal territories of Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan. They were almost…

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DPM Opens Sarawak Interior School, Announces Host Of Projects

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BELAGA – The official opening of Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Bakun by Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi today has come as a blessing for the school and the people in this interior district of Belaga. The Deputy Prime Minister announced the approval of a host of projects for the school and promised to look into…

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Schools To Close If Visibility Below 500 Metres – Mahdzir

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PUTRAJAYA – Starting tomorrow, school managements and the district education offices (PPD) are given the authority to decide on the school closure if visibility drops to less than 500 metres. Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said previously, schools in areas affected by the haze would only be closed if the air pollutant index (API)…

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All Schools In Selangor, KL, Putrajaya, NS And Malacca Closed

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KUALA LUMPUR – All schools in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Negri Sembilan and Malacca have been closed today due to the haze. Deputy Education Minister P. Kamalanathan said minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid conveyed the decision to him. “We will update when schools need to reopen, first thing in the morning,” he said when asked…

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