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KUCHING, April 16: The District Education Office or State Education Department should be empowered to make decisions for the schools under their jurisdiction based on local context and local know-how, opined Bandar Kuching MP Dr Kelvin Yii Lee Wuen.
Dr Yii said this included allowing students of boarding schools to return home for special festive seasons for the said community.
“This is in view of a reported rejection given by the State Education Department based on a circular set by the Ministry of Education (MOE) to not allow Christian students from the school in the district of Serian to go back in view of the Good Friday and Easter celebrations,” he said in a statement today.
According to Dr Yii, such celebrations are important among the Christian community which may be the majority in the area.
He added they should be allowed and given special considerations to be with their families during this Holy Week.
He also pointed out that the State Education Department should be aware of such needs and even sensitivities and be empowered to make decisions suited to the local area including taking feedback and input from the district education office.
“This is in line with our call to empower and restore greater autonomy in decision-making especially in education here in Sarawak without being bounded by certain federal-circular which may not be fully practical on a local context.
“That is why I hope such occurrence will not happen again and from next year onwards, the students should be allowed to celebrate important cultural and religious celebrations with their families and community,” he said. — DayakDaily