PUTRAJAYA: The Education Ministry will examine the need for any school to further postpone the opening of the third term of the 2021/2022 session based on how badly the schools have been affected by the floods, says Education Minister Datuk Dr Radzi Jidin.

He said at the moment, the ministry was evaluating the damage to schools’ infrastructure including computers, furniture and textbooks.

“Generally, we cannot postpone the school session and the ministry is working hard to resolve the issue of schools affected by the floods before the opening of the new session.

“For cases where the condition of the school shows that it is still not prepared (for opening of the new session), we will take the appropriate action.

“The matter will be looked at on a case-by-case basis,” he told reporters after officiating at a community programme here yesterday.

Radzi also appealed to schools to work together with the state Education Department and the district education office by listing out their needs, like furniture and textbooks, to facilitate aid distribution, reported Bernama.

Earlier, he announced that the third term of the 2021/2022 school session, which was supposed to begin on Jan 2 for Group A and Jan 3 for Group B, had to be postponed by a week because of the floods.

Schools in states in Group A will begin on Jan 9 and those in states in Group B on Jan 10.

Radzi added that the ministry would still implement a rotation system for student attendance when the schools open and the details would be announced soon.