School heads to fol­low or­der on work­books

The Star Malaysia - - Nation - By LOH FOON FONG foon­fong@thes­

PE­TAL­ING JAYA: The Na­tional Union of Heads of Schools will abide by the or­der given by the Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry to re­duce the num­ber of ex­tra work­books that pupils have to buy, said its pres­i­dent Wong Shee Fatt.

Wong said school heads will carry out the or­der by Deputy Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Datuk Chong Sin Woon and then see the re­sponse from schools, par­ents and pupils.

On Wed­nes­day, Chong said all pri­mary schools must re­duce the num­ber of work­books used dur­ing les­sons to end the “heavy bag phe­nom­e­non” in Chi­nese schools, as well as to lighten par­ents’ fi­nan­cial bur­den.

He warned that ac­tion would be taken against schools that do not com­ply with a min­istry cir­cu­lar is­sued in 2000, re­gard­ing the us­age of work­books in pri­mary schools, which or­dered a re­duc­tion in pupils’ ex­er­cise books.

He said teach­ers were not sup­posed to use ex­ter­nal work­books as the main teach­ing ref­er­ence in the first place.

Par­ents had com­plained that they spent hun­dreds of ring­git on these work­books every year, he said.

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