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Schools close as haze worsens in Kuching with API readings over 200
The haze has affected schools throughout the state, with API levels spiking to 220 – very unhealthy levels- over the weekend.
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All schools in PD closed as haze hits very unhealthy levels
SEREMBAN: All schools in Port Dickson have been ordered to close on Tuesday after the Air Pollutant index hit very unhealthy level.
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Lee to step down as Niosh chairman after 27 years
Lee sharing a light moment with members of the media during, what he said, was to be his last press conference as the chairman of Malaysia Niosh.
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Cut down on outdoor activities, people told
KOTA KINABALU: People in Sabah have been urged to be careful with outdoor activities due to the worsening haze situation, says a state minister.
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Maintain two Tamil education programmes, Astro urged
TAMIL school teachers and parents have expressed shock and disappointment that the Maanavar Muz­hakkam and Pesu Tamizha Pesu programmes have been scrapped by Astro, Malaysia Nanban reported.The two programmes, which were aired for eight years and...
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Education Ministry: 138 schools in Selangor to close Tuesday (Sept 17)
PETALING JAYA: A total of 138 schools in Selangor will be closed on Tuesday (Sept 17) due to the ongoing haze situation.
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Johor schools shut due to haze to reopen Tuesday (Sept 17)
JOHOR BARU: Schools in Johor that were forced to shut down due to the worsening haze situation Saturday (Sept 14) will reopen Tuesday (Sept 17).
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Sabahans advised to take precautions as API levels edge higher
KOTA KINABALU: People in Sabah have been urged to be more careful in carrying out outdoor activities in view of the worsening haze situation in the state.
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Schools in three Johor districts remain closed
JOHOR BARU - Schools in the three haze-hit districts - Pontian, Muar and Tangkak - will remain closed until the air quality improves.
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PTPTN hopes people’s consultative paper will be approved soon
GEORGE TOWN: The National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) hopes the People’s Consultative Paper (KKR) containing documents and information on the new loan repayment mechanism, will be appr...
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More schools to join Digital Maker Hubs initiative
KUALA LUMPUR: After a successful pilot project involving 24 schools, the Education Ministry is now expanding the Digital Maker Hubs initiative to another...
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Schools in three Johor districts remain closed
JOHOR BARU: Schools in the three haze-hit districts – Pontian, Muar and Tangkak – will remain closed until the air quality improves.
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PTPTN hopes People’s Consultative Paper will be approved soon
GEORGE TOWN, Sept 15 — The National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) hopes the People’s Consultative Paper (KKR) containing documents and information on the new loan repayment mechanism, ...
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Baru: RM128m allocated to repair dilapidated schools this year, Sarawak gets RM100m
BINTANGOR, Sept 15 — The Education Ministry has allocated RM128 million to repair dilapidated schools in the country this year, Works Minister Baru Bian said today.
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Maszlee: 100 more schools to be part of Digital Maker Hubs initiative
Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik said after a successful pilot project involving 24 schools, the Education Ministry is now keen on expanding the Digital Maker Hubs initiative to another 100 schools...
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Schools in Sabah will be ordered to close if haze worsens, says state Education Minister
KOTA KINABALU (Bernama) Schools located in the districts affected by the haze in Sabah will be ordered to close if the situation worsens, says State Education and...
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Schools in three Johor districts to remain closed Sunday (Sept 15)
JOHOR BARU: Schools in the three haze-hit districts will remain closed until the air quality improves.
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Over 300 schools closed as Johor air quality hits unhealthy levels, affecting 90,000 students
JOHOR BARU - The worsening haze situation in Johor, Malaysia has led to the closure of more than 300 schools and kindergartens in Muar, Tangkak and Pontian, affecting about 90,000 students after the A...
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Over 300 schools closed as Johor air quality hits unhealthy levels, affecting 90,000 students
JOHOR BARU (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The worsening haze situation in Johor, Malaysia has led to the closure of more than 300 schools and kindergartens in Muar, Tangkak and Pontian, affecting abou...
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Over 300 schools closed as Johor API hits unhealthy levels
JOHOR BARU: The worsening haze situation in Johor has led to the closure of over 300 schools and kindergartens in Muar, Tangkak and Pontian, affecting about 90,000...
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Haze: In Johor, over 200 schools to close due to unhealthy API levels
JOHOR BARU, Sept 14 — The air quality in northern and central parts of Johor took a sharp hit today, forcing the authorities to close 211 schools in Muar and Tangkak, after the Air Pollutant Index (...
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Haze: More than 300 Johor schools to close Sunday (Sept 15)
JOHOR BARU: The Johor Education Department has closed down all schools and kindergartens in Pontian, Muar and Tangkak on Sunday (Sept 15) due to the haze.
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MDEC: #mydigitalmaker movement prepped over 700,000 youths for digital careers
PUTRAJAYA, Sept 14 — In the two years since its formation, the #mydigitalmaker Movement campaign equipped at least 700,000 Malaysian youths with skills needed to embark on careers in the digital era...
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Cloud seeding in Penang: Up to Federal Govt to decide, says CM
GEORGE TOWN: Penang is leaving it to the Federal Government to decide whether cloud seeding should be carried out in the state, which, like many other parts of the country, has been hit by severe haze...
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Education Ministry lodges MACC report over contractors’ false bank statements
PUTRAJAYA, Sept 13 — The Education Ministry today lodged a report with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission to investigate some of its contractors said to have secured a total of 793 contracts a...
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Cloud seeding in Penang: Up to federal govt to decide, says CM
GEORGE TOWN, Sept 13 — Penang is leaving it to the Federal Government to decide whether cloud seeding should be carried out in the state, which, like many other parts of the country, has been hit by...
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How about vouchers for food?
THE Education Ministry seems unflagging in its plan to provide breakfast on every school day to all primary school students, beginning in January next year.
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Schools closed in several Malaysian states, face masks distributed to students amid worsening air quality
KLANG - Amid the worsening air quality, a total of 29 schools in Selangor will be closed on Friday (Sept 13).
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Schools closed in several Malaysian states, face masks distributed to students amid worsening air quality
KLANG (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Amid the worsening air quality, a total of 29 schools in Selangor will be closed on Friday (Sept 13).
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29 schools in S’gor, 16 in Pahang closed
KLANG: A total of 29 schools in Selangor will be closed today.
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Education Ministry: UMT-UniSZA merger will not see reduced number of lecturers
KUALA SELANGOR, Sept 12 — The Education Ministry (MOE) has assured that the number of lecturers would not be reduced once the merger between Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) and Sultan Zainal Ab...
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29 schools in Selangor will close on Friday (Sept 13) due to worsening haze
PETALING JAYA: Twenty-nine schools in Selangor will be closed on Friday (Sept 13) following the worsening air quality due to the haze.
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Bumiputera furniture firms thank MOF for six-month extension, explain why they missed cert deadline
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 12 ― An industry group representing Bumiputera furniture companies today expressed appreciation towards the Finance Ministry for a six-month extension to obtain a certification, a...
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Haze: 16 schools in Rompin ordered to close
PUTRAJAYA (Bernama): Sixteen schools in Rompin, Pahang were ordered to close due to the haze, says the Education Ministry.
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Penang restricts outdoor activities as air quality reaches unhealthy level
GEORGE TOWN, Sept 12 — The Penang state government has ordered the cancellation of all outdoor activities and sports in view of the worsening haze situation in the state.
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Revenue from foreign students expected to grow to RM15.6 billion
The average expenditure of a foreign student in Malaysia is about RM46,000 per annum, and will increase to RM88,000 per annum if family members come along too, said Education Ministry secretary-genera...
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Education Ministry: Revenue from international students expected to grow to RM15.6b
PUTRAJAYA, Aug 12 — The average expenditure of an international student in Malaysia is about RM46,000 per annum and will increase to RM88,000 per annum if family members come along too, said Educati...
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School starts robotics programme
SJK (T) Ladang Kemuning in Alor Gajah, Melaka, has begun classes in robotics as part of a programme that will eventually include all Tamil schools in the state.
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Umno veep labels merger between two Terengganu universities ‘unprofessional’
JOHOR BARU, Sept 11 — Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin today claimed the Education Ministry’s move to merge Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UniSZA) and Universiti Malaysia Ter...
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Watch Dr M learn coding in new Microsoft video to promote STEM
In a new video to promote STEM skills, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad learns coding from 10-year-old Microsoft Malaysia Ambassadors Chloe Soh Ke Er and...
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Haze: Schools in Sarawak reopen today
KUCHING: All schools in nine districts in Sarawak that were closed due to hazardous level of haze yesterday, have been reopened today.
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Rompin goes red as Klang Valley chokes on haze
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 11 — Air pollution in Rompin, Pahang surpassed the “very unhealthy” level last night and remained so at 8am this morning as the noxious haze continued to worsen in the peninsu...
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Private companies encouraged to contribute more to higher learning institutions
Private companies in the country are encouraged to make contributions in various forms, including research grants to higher learning institutions, especially public universities, to support their fina...
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Rompin API almost reaching very unhealthy level
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 10 — The air quality in Rompin, Pahang is almost reaching very unhealthy level as the air pollutant index (API) reading peaked at 197 as of 6pm today.
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Nadma sends 500,000 face masks to S'wak as haze worsens
PUTRAJAYA (Bernama): The National Disaster Management Agency (Nadma) has sent 500,000 face masks to Sarawak amid worsening trans-boundary haze...
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Malaysia sends half a million face masks to haze-hit Sarawak as 409 schools close on Tuesday
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has sent half a million face masks to its eastern state of Sarawak, where air pollution levels have spiked amid worsening forest fires in neighbouring Indonesia, authorities sai...
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Sarawak schools in haze-hit areas recording very unhealthy API levels ordered to close
KUCHING: Schools in haze-hit areas in Sarawak with air pollutant index (API) levels exceeding 200 have been directed to close immediately.
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Conditions to obtain Halal certification will not be relaxed
SERI KEMBANGAN: The conditions for halal certification by the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim) will not be relaxed for the benefit of small-scale entrepreneurs, as such terms were in...
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E-learning to kick off next year
PASIR GUDANG: Teachers in Malaysia will soon be able to teach their students through recorded materials from other outstanding teachers from next year onwards as...
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Halal certification conditions will not be relaxed
The conditions for halal certification by the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (JAKIM) will not be relaxed for the benefit of small-scale entrepreneurs, as such terms were intended to protec...
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Anwar moots halal food for govt's free school breakfasts
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 8 — The government could source for halal food from entrepreneurs for the proposed free breakfasts in schools, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim suggested today.
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Upsi student wins Best Debater in first Parliamentary Debathon
Psychology student Dusha Nanthakumar came up tops as the Best Debater for the first series of the Parliamentary Debathon 2019 Youth in Kuala Lumpur tonight.
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44 students attend anti-drugs program
Ahmad Yussof (seated, centre) with Aisyah, teachers and students during the programme.
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More collaboration between USM and private sector in developing products: CM
GEORGE TOWN: Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow has called on more collaboration between Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) and the private sector in research and promotion of commercial products.
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Ministerial responsibility in New M'sia - shining light or Stygian gloom?
LETTER | Since May 9, 2018, the public's expectations of good governance has risen.
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One Labuan student, among 1,328 candidates sitting for UPSR exam on hospital bed
LABUAN: A student with fever currently admitted at the Labuan Nucleus Hospital is among the 1,328 candidates islandwide sitting for the Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) examination beginning tod...
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Home Minister: Johor Chinese School Association deregistration a normal occurrence
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 4 — Home minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin today explained that the deregistration of Johor Chinese School Managers and Teachers Association last month was due to administrative o...
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Support for breakfast programme
SYABAS to the government for approving the free breakfast programme for over 2.7 million pupils in public primary schools that is to take effect in January next year.
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Yoursay: Was minister right to dismiss teenager’s suggestion?
YOURSAY | ‘The 13-year-old seems more refined in articulating his points, even though I don’t agree with him.’ Saddiq courts flak after dismissing Form 1 student's 'hair petition' Fair: A studen...
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Procedure to obtain Foreign Support Certificate needs to be reviewed, says Dzulkefly
PUTRAJAYA, Sept 3 — Procedure for Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) school leavers to obtain a Foreign Support Certificate (SSLN) or No Objection Certificate (NOC) before pursuing a medical degree over...
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DAP division moots "Buy Australian Last" campaign over plastic, Lynas waste
JOHOR BARU: A DAP division here is urging Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahatir Mohamad to launch a "Buy Australian Last" campaign to pressure Australia into taking back all the plastic waste it illegally dumped in Malaysia.
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PSM: Giving handouts and subsidies won’t solve the issue
PETALING JAYA: The government must revise its methods of addressing national poverty, says Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) central committee member Sharan Raj.
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The public school system: Moving forward together
COMMENT | In the Malaysiakini special report 'Whither Integration?
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Look for ways to balance agricultural and development land in Kedah: Mukhriz
JERLUN (Aug 30): Kedah government is looking for ways to balance agricultural land and development to ensure food security as its role as the rice bowl of Malaysia while also ensuring the needs of its...
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More than 87,000 students registered under ‘Zero Reject Policy’
KUALA LUMPUR: A total of 87,574 special needs children have been registered in schools under the ‘Zero Reject Policy’ as of June 30, according to director of the Special Education Needs Division i...
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Start off on solid ground
AS a former teacher, I highly welcome the Education Minister’s announcement that free breakfast would be provided to all national primary school pupils beginning January 2020.
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UPSR exams to start on Sept 4
PETALING JAYA: The 2019 UPSR will be held on Sept 4 and 5 and continue on Sept 10,11 and 12.
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Look for ways to balance agricultural and development land in Kedah: Mukhriz
JERLUN: Kedah government is looking for ways to balance agricultural land and development to ensure food security as its role as the rice bowl of Malaysia while also ensuring the needs of its growing ...
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Mukhriz: Look for ways to balance agricultural and development land in Kedah
JERLUN, Aug 29 — Kedah government is looking for ways to balance agricultural land and development to ensure food security as its role as the rice bowl of Malaysia while also ensuring the needs of i...
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Free Breakfast Programme seen as a godsend to primary schools
File photo showing a primary school in Matu located in Sarawak.
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'Unregistered' AATC probed after promising gov't loans to students
The Skills Development Fund Corporation (PTPK) is probing the Allied Aeronautics Training Centre (AATC) after the latter came into in the spotlight over student protests on undelivered promises for go...
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445,641 Year Six pupils to sit for UPSR on Sept 4
PETALING JAYA: The UPSR examinations will be held on Sept 4 and 5 and continues on Sept 10,11 and 12.
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Yoursay: Was minister’s dinner with Zakir Naik ‘bodoh sombong’?
YOURSAY | ‘Syed Saddiq, are you expecting parents to accept whatever Education Ministry is proposing?’ Minister labels groups 'bodoh sombong' for threatening school boycott Kita Orangbiasa: Youth ...
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PTPTN in talks with gov’t agencies to collect loan repayments
The National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) is in talks with several government agencies to ensure borrowers, especially the hardcore loan defaulters, make their loan repayments.
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Wee questions value of 'free breakfast in schools' plan
MCA president Wee Ka Siong has challenged the wisdom of the planned introduction of free breakfast for children in primary schools nationwide.
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Despite land approval, Tamil school still ‘squatting’
DESPITE getting approval for its own premises in 2015, a Tamil school in Mersing, Johor, is still “squatting” in the compound of another school, Malaysia Nanban reported.Persatuan Pendidikan Parvai Negeri Johor president Rajendran Kannan said SJK(T) Mersing’s board...
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‘Six months too short for ISP checks’
PETALING JAYA: Six months is insufficient for the Education Ministry to make a comprehensive assessment of the three Internet service providers’ (ISPs) ability to deliver satisfactory level of service to schools, the National Union of the Teaching Profession...
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‘Moderate meals must be balanced and have variety’
PETALING JAYA: A healthy breakfast is one that follows the “Balance, Moderation, Variety” (BMV) concept of a healthy diet, says Nutrition Society of Malaysia honorary...
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Has repair of Sarawak’s dilapidated schools started? Go ask Masing, Chong tells CM
Chong Chieng Jen KUCHING: Sarawak Pakatan Harapan chief Chong Chieng Jen has taken Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg to task for claiming that the Finance Ministry had not kept its...
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Maszlee: Don't get over-emotional over khat issue
GEORGE TOWN: Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik has called for cooler heads to prevail over the contentious issue of khat.
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FAQ on the free breakfast programme for primary school kids
The Education Ministry today released frequently asked questions (FAQ) on the proposed free breakfast programme for primary school students which it announced yesterday.
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Points to ponder over free breakfast program
LETTER | I refer to the free breakfast program which will be provided to all primary school children beginning January next year.
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Malaysian primary school children to get free breakfast from next January
PETALING JAYA - A free breakfast will be provided for all Malaysian primary school children beginning January next year, Education Minister Maszlee Malik said.
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NUTP: Govt must include secondary students too
PETALING JAYA: The free breakfast programme is meaningful in “uniting” schoolchildren and should include secondary school students, says the National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP).
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Rehabilitation of Sarawak's decrepit schools: MoF dismisses CM's statement as...
KUALA LUMPUR (Aug 26): Rehabilitation works on decrepit schools in Sarawak commenced with urgency on Aug 5.
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First CEFR assessment via pt3 English paper
PUTRAJAYA: The first parallel assessment of Common European Framework of Reference For Language (CEFR) will be implemented at the Form Three Assessment (PT3) examination level for the English Language...
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First CEFR assessment via PT3 english paper
PUTRAJAYA: The first parallel assessment of Common European Framework of Reference For Language (CEFR) will be implemented at the Form Three Assessment (PT3) examination level for the English Language...
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Orders to repair schools already gone out, say ministers
PETALING JAYA: The federal government has issued instructions for work to begin on repairing dilapidated schools in Sarawak, two ministers said today.
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Malaysian primary school children to get free breakfast from next January
PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - A free breakfast will be provided for all Malaysian primary school children beginning January next year, Education Minister Maszlee Malik said.
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Education Ministry awaits full police report on student suicide case
SUNGAI PETANI, Aug 26 — The Education Ministry is awaiting the full report from Royal Malaysia Police on the suicide by hanging of a 13-year-old Penang student on Saturday.
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'Process to repair S'wak schools started before receiving loan repayment'
Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng today denied Sarawak chief minister's allegation that the federal government has not executed projects to repair dilapidated school buildings in the state.
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Free breakfast for primary school kids starts in 2020
Primary school children across the country will be served free healthy breakfast daily beginning in January 2020, the Education Ministry has announced.
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Free breakfast for primary school children nationwide from next January
PETALING JAYA: A free breakfast will be provided for all primary school children beginning January next year, says Dr Maszlee Malik.
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Finance Minister dismisses Sarawak CM’s claims, says school repairs already begun
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 26 — Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng has expressed his disappointment in Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg’s comments that dilapidated schools in the state a...
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Sustainability of education policies
WITH its allocation of RM60.2bil, representing 19.1% of Budget 2019, it is not surprising that there is added scrutiny on the Education Ministry to provide the rakyat with the best of the best.
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Syed Saddiq denounces continued protests over khat
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 26 — Groups threatening to organise a vernacular student boycott of khat lessons are behaving with irrational arrogance, Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman said.
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Liow: Contribute to nation-building
KUALA LUMPUR: Graduates must contribute in their respective fields to help make Malaysia an outstanding nation, says Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.
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MOE will study use of toys to encourage mental stimulation
The Education Ministry will study the use of toys that can sharpen the minds of children in the early stages of education to produce a creative and innovative generation.
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MP calls for increased efforts to help youth deal with stress
GEORGE TOWN: A parliamentarian has urged the Education Ministry to step up efforts to educate the young about handling stress and learn how to reach out, after the body of a troubled 13-year-old boy w...
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Abandoned teachers' quarters to be refurbished, leased out
The Education Ministry is taking proactive measures to address the issue of abandoned teachers' quarters across the country.
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