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PUTRAJAYA - All schools here will no longer implement class streaming according to the academic ability of students this year, said Putra­jaya Federal Territ­ory Educa­tion director Roaini Jaafar.

According to Bernama, she said the move to combine students of mixed abilities in the same class was in line with 21st century learning and had been accepted by parents here.

“This will enable students who have mastered reading, calculating and writing to co-operate with and guide the less able pupils.

“We are no longer separating them as we do not want to emphasise academic achievements only.

Education director-general Datuk Dr Amin Senin recently said the class streaming practice in accordance with the academic level of pupils and controlled schools had been stopped, while formal isolation methods such as the Year One Entrance Test also needed to be abolished from 2019.

He was reported as saying that the practice was not an education policy, but was done by the schools to improve academic grades.

Commenting further, Roaini said Form Four and Form Five students were separated due to subject selection and streaming was not based on academic achievements but on students’

SEREMBAN - A visit to some schools here showed that not all pupils are carrying heavy school bags, which may mean that verna­cular schools are adhering to a circu­lar on limiting the use of workbooks.

Deputy Education Minister Datuk Chong Sin Woon visited SJK(C) Sin Hua to check whether vernacular schools were adhering to the circular.

Chong, who was surprised to see some of the pupils with a heavy load, said he hoped that schools would abide by the ministry’s directive that pupils from Years

KUALA LUMPUR - In an unprecedented move, several thousand people comprising national, state and grassroots members from both MCA and Gerakan will be rallying together this Saturday at Dewan San Choon here.

According to a press conference jointly hosted by MCA secretary-general Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan and his Gerakan counterpart Datuk Liang Teck Meng, the assembly titled “Stronger Together” is aimed at strengthening the parties’ working relationship for the upcoming general election.

“MCA and

KUALA TERENGGANU - A total of 374 people from 102 families have been evacuated to 17 relief centres in Terengganu, following worsening floods.

The Social Welfare Department’s http://infobanjir.jkm.gov.my/ portal reported that the evacuees comprised 104 men, 121 women, 78 boys, 66 girls, and five infants.

The number included one female senior citizen and three male disabled persons.

In Besut, police said an additional 12 people from five families were evacuated to Sekolah Kebangsaan Kuala

PUTRAJAYA - Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is attempting to challenge three laws that abrogate the mandatory requirement for Bills to be assented by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

The PKR adviser is seeking to declare that Section 12 of the Constitution (Amendment) 1983 (Act A566), Section 2 of the Constitution (Amendment) 1984 (Act A584) and Section 8 of the Constitution (Amendment) 1994 (Act A885) are ultra vires Article 4(1) of the Federal Constitution.

He named the Government as the sole respondent

KUALA LUMPUR - The government has assured the people that there will be no raise in the current 6% Goods and Services Tax (GST) rate after the next general election.

Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Othman Aziz told the Dewan Rakyat today that the government is certain about this although there may be suggestions for a raise.

"Maybe there were some suggestions ... they may have proposed this for certain reasons but for now, I want to stress that the government has no plans to increase or even

The Community Rehabilitation Programme (CRP) for prisoners is among programmes implemented under the National Blue Ocean Strategy (NBOS) to better people’s lives while reducing cost, said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Under this programme, inmates who are not classified as hardcore criminals are given vocational training, including in agriculture, so they can have a source of income.

They are placed in protected areas which are not prisons, so we do not have to spend money to build new prisons

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