Back to schools nationwide but off the fields

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Game for a goal: Children playing football in a dried up padi field in Kampung Teluk, Penang. — Bernama

Game for a goal: Children playing football in a dried up padi field in Kampung Teluk, Penang. — Bernama

PETALING JAYA: Schools in Perlis and Kedah, which were closed due to the heatwave, will resume classes today but outdoor activities are still suspended.

The Education Ministry said in a statement that all schools nationwide would resume lessons as temperatures had dropped.

It said the decision was made as the temperature over the last 72 hours was below 38°C.

The ministry also issued a directive for all schools to take precautionary measures such as ensuring that there was adequate supply of clean drinking water.

State Education Departments and district education offices were to monitor all schools to ensure that they followed the directive, it said.


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No plans to make sex education a subject

Thursday, 24 March 2016

“There are no plans at the moment to introduce sex education as a specific subject. But we welcome any NGO that wants to create awareness on the matter so that students can better protect themselves,” Deputy Education Minister Chong Sin Woon said at the Par­liament lobby yesterday.

He said sex education was taught in schools not as a specific subject but included as a topic in several other subjects.

At present, he said, there were NGOs conducting awareness programmes in several schools.

He was responding to a question by Datuk Koh Nai Kwong (BN-Alor Gajah) on whether sex education would be taught as a subject to prevent teen pregnancies.

Sex education is taught in schools through Health Reproduction and Social Education studies since 1994. The topic is taught through several subjects such as Health Education, Bahasa Malaysia, English, Science, Biology, vIsla­mic Studies and Moral Education.

Last year, the Health Minister said that every year an average of 18,000 teenagers get pregnant with about 4,500 of them out of wedlock.

Sumber:  The Star Online _