MELAKA, Jan 2 (Bernama) -- The Melaka State Education Department will conduct a detailed investigation into the allegations that parents were directed to buy chairs and desks by the administration of a secondary school in Batu Berendam here.
State Education, Science and Technology, Green Technology and Innovation chairman, Datuk Noor Effendi Ahmad said that the department, District Education Office or Education Ministry had never issued a directive for parents to buy desks and chairs for their children.
He said that in response to a media report that there were parents in Melaka asked to buy desks and chairs for their children as the facility was inadequate.
Noor Effendi said initial investigation found that there was a misunderstanding between the school’s administration and the parents of a student who had just moved to the school.
"To me, this issue was purposely blown out of proportion and should not have happened as the state education department had always taken proactive measures to ensure adequate facilities for students,” he said to reporters after visiting Sekolah Kebangsaan Padang Temu here in conjunction with the first day of the 2020 school session.
Meanwhile, he said that there were only two schools, one primary and one secondary school, in the state reported to have a shortage of chairs and desks due to late placement of transfer students.
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