Black school shoe rul­ing only to be en­forced by 2021, says min­istry

The Star Malaysia - - Nation -

PUTRAJAYA: The black shoe rul­ing for govern­ment schools will only be fully en­forced in 2021, giv­ing all rel­e­vant par­ties plenty of time to pre­pare.

“This means that all stu­dents in govern­ment schools are still al­lowed to wear white shoes till the end of year 2020.

“This de­ci­sion was made af­ter the min­istry took into ac­count views and opin­ions from all par­ties, in­clud­ing the school, teach­ers, par­ents, stu­dents, NGOs as well as sup­pli­ers,” said the Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry in a state­ment is­sued yes­ter­day.

The min­istry said schools should not im­ple­ment new rules to force the black shoe rul­ing on stu­dents dur­ing the “tran­si­tion pe­riod”.

Par­ents also should not rush their chil­dren to wear black shoes, the min­istry added.

On July 20, Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Dr Mas­zlee Ma­lik an­nounced the black shoe rul­ing dur­ing a Si­nar Har­ian fo­rum on ed­u­ca­tion.

He said that all schools were al­lowed a one-year grace pe­riod to al­low stu­dents to adapt and get used to the new rul­ing.

How­ever, Dr Mas­zlee’s an­nounce­ment re­ceived back­lash from sev­eral par­ties, with many say­ing it was a “hasty” de­ci­sion.

Na­tional Union of the Teach­ing Pro­fes­sion sec­re­tary-gen­eral Harry Tan later re­vealed that the black shoe rul­ing was not an overnight de­ci­sion as the min­istry had in fact re­ceived many re­quests from par­ents over the years to change the colour of the shoes, and the min­istry had con­ducted stud­ies on the mat­ter.

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