The start of the new school term for 2015 has been delayed for a week due to the serious floods that have been occurring in several states of Malaysia.

The Education Ministry of Malaysia issued the orders today, 29 December 2014 and revealed that the postponement is because some schools have been flooded and some are currently being used as an evacuation centres by the flood victims, The Malaysian Insider reports.

Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said in a statement, “I understand the difficulties faced by all stakeholders including school management, teachers, parents and pupils in the event that school starts as scheduled, on January 4 for Kelantan, Terengganu and Johor and on January 5 for the other states.”

Currently, 340 schools from seven states in Malaysia are severely affected by the floods.

“If the situation is resolved early, then the school management should use this period to clean up the affected schools to ensure that our children can learn in a safe, comfortable environment,” he added.

The new school session for 2015 will start on 11 January 2015 for Kedah, Kelantan, Terengganu and Johor and 12 January 2015 for the other states of Malaysia.

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