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Minister tells of ‘tough task’ to cancel Anwar’s 1989 order

Free Malaysia Today logo Free Malaysia Today 18/3/2023 FMT Reporters
Fadhlina Sidek, who is education minister and PKR women’s leader, speaking at a special party congress today. © Provided by Free Malaysia Today Fadhlina Sidek, who is education minister and PKR women’s leader, speaking at a special party congress today.

PETALING JAYA: The education ministry had a tough decision to make about the reopening of schools for the new school year. It required cancelling a circular issued in 1989, when Anwar Ibrahim was the education minister.

His current successor, Fadhlina Sidek, said it was not easy for the ministry to cancel the original 34-year-old circular, Bernama reported.

“It was hard to cancel the circular from the boss himself. We took a long time to ensure that the new circular can really have an impact on our children which will translate into cheerful students, happy teachers, unrivalled schools, and a thriving nation,” she said.

The new circular orders schools not to have academic lessons in the first week of the new school year. Instead, schools will hold sessions that instil physical, emotional, spiritual, social and intellectual values.

Fadhlina said the decision was made after conducting a review to ensure the new directive will have a positive impact.

Fadhlina, who is PKR women’s leader, spoke on the circular in her winding-up speech at the party’s special national congress in Shah Alam today.

The new academic year starts tomorrow in Johor, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu while schools in the other states reopen on Monday.

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