Heatwave in Malaysia: No outdoor activities at schools

Georgetown’s Esplanade has turned brown.
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GEORGE TOWN - Schools in the northern region will abide by the Education Ministry's directive to suspend all outdoor activities due to the heatwave.

St Xavier's Institution's acting principal Dr Sim Hock Keat said the school had not allowed any outdoor activities since the directive was issued last week.

"Indoor co-curricular activities will go on as usual as they are conducted in classrooms. There are also certain activities which are held at the school hall.

"PJ (Pendidikan Jasmani dan Kesihatan) lessons have been stopped and only theory lessons are conducted in classrooms. All sports practices are also postponed," he said yesterday.

Dr Sim said there had been too many heatstroke cases.

"We cannot take this kind of risk under such extraordinary temperatures," he added.

Meanwhile, Kedah state Education Committee chairman Datuk Tajul Urus Mat Zain said centralised training for the Kedah Schools Sports Council selections by schools was conducted indoors after 10am.

"For warming-up activities, these are conducted indoors in school halls due to the scorching heat," he said.

Perlis Education Department director Izmi Ismail added that school principals should use their discretion in allowing outdoor activities.