Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Give schools extra day off for Deepavali: DPM

PUTRAJAYA: State education directors have been directed to approve requests from schools for an extra day off on Oct 20 to celebrate Deepavali.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the ministry has received many such requests from parents and schools.

“The decision was made to enable parents to make plans for their families to travel earlier and avoid traffic jams,” he said after having a look at students sitting for the first day of the Penilaian Menengah Rendah (PMR) examination at SMK Presint 8 (1) on Wednesday.

Deepavali will be celebrated on Oct 17.

Muhyiddin, who is also the Education Minister, said schools could opt to take either occasional holidays (cuti peristiwa) which need not be replaced, or replacement holidays.

“Schools taking the replacement holiday need to hold their classes on Oct 31,” he added.

On the PMR examination, Muhyiddin said there have been no reports of any Form Three students being isolated for having Influenza A(H1N1).

He said 475,182 students had registered for the examination.

The PMR would be held nationwide for five days, from Wednesday until Friday, and from Oct 12-13 next week.

A PMR operations room would be operational from Sept 30 to Oct 14 at the Malaysian Examinations Syndicate between 6.45am and 7pm.

It can be reached at (603) 8889-3601/ 3809/ 3582/ 3520/ 3551/ 3030/ 3095 or fax (603) 8889-3010/ 5561/ 3445.

*Taken from The Star Online

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4 comments:

kenwooi said...

cool..
students love holidays right? haha.. =D

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wan hafiz said...

kenwooi: sure they do. haha. it's festival by the way. i think it's appropriate

lizz said...

only for school? how about university??kekehkeh

wan hafiz said...

lizz: our DPM is MOE, 'luckily' he's not MOHE, so no holiday for universities. haha