Black shoe rule to be im­ple­mented in 2021

New Straits Times - - NEWS -

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.

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The Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry says the switch from white to black shoes will be made in stages, be­gin­ning with the new school term.

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