Prime Minister: Ministry of Education allocates RM37.3m to provide lockers to tackle heavy school bag issue | Malaysia

Chief Education Minister Datuk Mohd Radzi Md Jidin speaks to the media after the launch of Yayasan Didik Negara in Putrajaya on February 18, 2022. – Bernama pic

PUTRAJAYA, March 6 – The Ministry of Education (MoE) will provide lockers in primary schools in two phases from this year as an approach to address the issue of heavy school bags.

Chief Education Minister Datuk Radzi Jidin said the first phase will cover first, second and third grades in dual-session schools, involving 323,186 students in 10,662 classes, with an estimated allocation of 37, RM3 million.

The second phase, which should start in 2023, will concern pupils in the fourth, fifth and sixth years in schools operating in double session.

For single-session schools, students will keep their books in desk drawers in their respective classrooms, he said in a statement today.

In addition, schools will have timetables with three to four subjects per day, and they will also have the possibility of preparing timetables according to a weekly rotation system.

Radzi said workbooks will also be limited to two books per subject, with each book no longer than 80 pages.

Also, students are only allowed to use the activity books provided by the Ministry of Education, while the workbooks can only be used as reference material.

“Teachers are encouraged to use a student-centered approach to teaching and learning, namely thematic, modular and project-based learning, virtual laboratory or differentiated learning,” he said. .

He also said that the ministry will continue to produce new textbooks in digital format and so far, a total of 692 textbook titles have been uploaded to the Digital Educational Learning Initiative Malaysia (DELIMa) platform.

Meanwhile, Radzi said the MoE was in talks with the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (JAKIM) to give students the option of wearing their respective school uniforms during KAFA school sessions.

“The ministry will closely monitor the implementation of all the approaches described. Monitoring will be carried out by a working group that will report periodically on the implementation of initiatives aimed at solving the problem of heavy schoolbags,” he said.

He added that the Ministry of Education will continue to work closely with parents and guardians to resolve the issue, particularly by ensuring that students bring books as required by their respective schedules, and at the same time to improve engagement sessions with parent-teacher associations. — Bernama