Monday, November 18

Maszlee: Claim on closure of 21 IPGs untrue

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ALOR GAJAH: A media report claiming that 21 of the 27 Institute of Teacher Education (IPG) will be closed in stages beginning next year is untrue as it refers to the decision of the previous government, says Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik.

He said the proposed closure of the IPGs was completely irrelevant and did not refer to the current government’s policies.

“We ask the party responsible (of such statement) to consult with us first before issuing any untrue statement. The statement is inaccurate as it refers to the policy of the previous administration and not of the current government’s,” he told reporters after a working visit to Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Rahmat in Kuala Sungai Baru here yesterday.

Maszlee (standing, left) greets students during his working visit to Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Rahmat in Kuala Sungai Baru. — Bernama photo

A daily yesterday quoted an unnamed source as saying that there was a proposal to close down 21 of the 27 IPGs in stages, beginning next year and this year marked the final intake of the students. Meanwhile, in another development, Maszlee said that the education department in every state would ensure that the haze situation in the country did not affect the students’ health and would keep in close contact with various departments including the Department of Environment to monitor the current haze situation at the schools.

“Education department in every state has its own standard operating procedure pertaining to haze which will ensure that once the school’s air quality readings reach certain level, it will be closed. So consult your respective state’s education department.

“We discourage outside activities (during haze) and please drink plenty of water and keep it safe,” he said. — Bernama