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Wednesday, 16 May 2018 | MYT 12:00 AM

‘Public holidays could disrupt school activities’

KUCHING: Schools wishing to hold replacement classes on May 17 and 18 which have been declared state public holidays must inform the Sarawak Education Department by today.

Sarawak Pakatan Harapan chairman Chong Chieng Jen said the department would consider allowing schools to hold extra classes this Thursday and Friday if there are requests.

He advised schools to write to the department immediately.

The Stampin MP said this following a meeting with state Education sector chief (School Management) Omar Mahli here yesterday.

The state government had declared May 17 and 18 as additional public holidays.

The Federal Government had earlier declared May 10 and 11 as public holidays following Pakatan’s win in GE14.

Chong claimed to have received numerous complaints from teachers and parents about the public holidays, which coincided with the examination week for both primary and secondary schools.

With the declaration of two public holidays, many schools have had to squeeze their examination schedule spread across five days into three days.

He added that the two-day holiday for Sarawak has also disrupted students’ preparation for the Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) Paper Two from May 21 till 24.

Chong said Form 3 students who have to complete their PT3 coursework this month will also be affected.

“This (public holiday) is putting an unnecessary burden on students and teachers. Some schools, which could not squeeze all the examination papers within three days, may have to resort to holding the semester examination after the June mid-term holiday period.

“Schools who want to stay open should be allowed to do so,” he told reporters.

Accompanying him to the meeting were Bandar Kuching MP Dr Kelvin Yii and Mas Gading MP Mordi Bimol.

The state government announced last week that May 17 and May 18 will be declared as additional public holidays under Section 5 of the Public Holidays Ordinance.