PETALING JAYA — March 21, 2016: Due to the extreme hot and dry weather, all schools in Kedah and Perlis will be closed for two days from tomorrow.
According to Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid, the decision was taken on the advice of the Science, Technology and Innovation
Ministry, Natural Resources and Environment Ministry and Health Ministry following rising temperatures exceeding 37 degrees Celsius.
But only the teaching and learning process is closed. Teachers are however required to be present, said Mahdzir after receiving an honorary Doctorate in Education from Cyberjaya University College of Medical Science here today.
The education ministry will also continue to monitor weather conditions in other states.
Yesterday, Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Dr. Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said schools would be closed if the temperature rose above 37 degrees Celsius for more than 72 hours.
Malaysia is experiencing hot and dry weather due to the El Nino phenomenon and the Meteorological Department expects the condition to end
only in May or June.
The decision to close schools in the two northern states will affect 413,786 students in 202 secondary schools, 547 primary schools as well as several pre-schools and 32,421 teachers in Kedah.
The attendance at schools in Kedah had not dropped over the past two days despite the mercury exceeding 37 degrees Celsius.
Sekolah Menengah Sultanah Asma principal Kartini Zakaria said attendance was 97 per cent today.
The school does carry out any outdoor activities at this time to prevent the students suffering from heatstroke.
Sekolah Kebangsaan Hutan Kampung principal Fauziah Mohd. Hanafiah said attendance at the school was 96 per cent. — Bernama