PUTRAJAYA: State education directors have been told 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 inspecting students sitting for the first day of the Penilaian Menengah Rendah (PMR) at SMK Presint 8 (1) yesterday.
Deepavali will be celebrated next Saturday.
Muhyiddin, who is also 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.
Education director-general Tan Sri Alimuddin Mohd Dom said schools had already replaced the Monday holiday for Oct 19 last month.
“They will be getting a four-day holiday if they apply for Oct 20 too,” he said.
On the PMR examination, Muhyiddin said there had been no reports of any Form Three students being isolated for contracting Influenza A(H1N1).
He said 475,182 students had registered for the examination.
The PMR would be held nationwide for five days, from yesterday to tomorrow and on Oct 12 and Oct 13.
A PMR operations room would be active from Sept 30 to Oct 14 at the Malaysian Examinations Syndicate between 6.45am and 7pm.
It can be reached by telephone on 03-88893601/3809/3582/3520/3551/3030/3095 and by fax at 03-88893010/5561/3445.
Related: http://selians.blogspot.com/2009/10/something-that-mic-did-non-took-action.html (This is a recurring problem year in and year out but only when it comes to Deepavali)
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