Black shoe rule to be implemented in 2021
KUALA LUMPUR: The requirement for students to wear black school shoes in government and government-aided schools will be fully implemented in 2021.
In a statement, the Education Ministry said this decision was made after taking into account the views of various quarters, including Parents-Teachers’ Associations, students, school administrators, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and suppliers.
It added that the ministry had agreed that the switch from white to black shoes would be made in stages, beginning with the new school term. It would then carry into the following year.
“In this transition period, students are still allowed to wear white shoes. Also in this transition period, schools are asked to not enforce a ruling for students to wear black shoes,” the statement read.
The ministry also advised parents to not rush into getting their kids to wear black shoes as they could choose to wear either black or white until 2020.
Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik had earlier announced a policy change involving school shoes for students, changing from white shoes to black. This, he said, was after feedback from parents on the difficulty to keep the cleanliness of white shoes.
The Education Ministry says the switch from white to black shoes will be made in stages, beginning with the new school term.