BY: Zaki Salleh
KUALA LUMPUR: The Ministry of Education (KPM) has re-authorized the implementation of outdoor activities that were previously postponed due to the hot weather.
The Deputy Director General of Education, Dr Norisah Suhaili, said the ministry allowed outdoor activities again on the condition that the health and safety of students, teachers and members of the implementation group when dealing with the phenomenon of hot weather is guaranteed.
This permission is guided by the Guidelines for the Implementation of Activities Outside Education Institutions during hot weather,” he said in a statement today.
In the statement, Norisah said, all educational institutions that carry out activities outside the classroom need to ensure that students’ participation is voluntary and that they get permission from their parents or guardians.
“In addition, encourage students to wear appropriate and brightly coloured clothes, in addition to explaining to them preventive measures, symptoms and treatment actions.
“Facilities such as canopies, ice, and wet towels must be provided under the relevant guidelines and students are encouraged to bring drinking water and drink before, during and after the activity is held,” he said.
In the meantime, the implementers also need to monitor activities that may expose students to hot weather to ensure their health is not affected, in addition to allowing sufficient rest time.
If the weather temperature exceeds 35°C, all ongoing outdoor activities must be suspended.
Previously, on May 5, all educational institutions were ordered to suspend outdoor activities involving students, teachers and lecturers following the hot weather phenomenon.
It includes activities such as cross-country running, parades, sports, games, camping and teaching and learning (PdP) outside the classroom.