Malaysia: School syllabus to include environmental issues next year

The Star 13 Apr 18;

KUALA LUMPUR: Syllabus on the environment will be introduced in schools nationwide next year, said Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar.

He said the Cabinet had on April 6, approved its working paper to introduce the syllabus in 2019.

“A lot of ministries will be involved so that it will be comprehensive, from forestry, land, sea and air,” he said.

Dr Wan Junaidi said the syllabus would be taught from Primary One to Form Six.

“I am hoping all Malaysians will become environmentalists,” he told reporters after giving a keynote address during the last day of Asiawater Conference and Technology Symposium 2018, organised by UBM Malaysia at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre here.

In his keynote address, Dr Wan Junaidi said it was important for issues on water and its sustainable use to not be politicised.

“States that are blessed with abundant water resources should extend their support to states that don’t have as much,” he added.

Environment studies in schools from next year

KUALA LUMPUR: The environmental studies will be introduced in schools starting next year, said Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar.

He said the proposal by the ministry on the matter was approved at the last Cabinet meeting on April 6, before the dissolution of Parliament.

Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Malaysia, Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tunku Jaafar at the press conferences during visit to AsiaWater 2018 Exhibition, at KL Convention Centre. (Pix by HALIM SALLEH)
“Two of our proposals were approved and one of them was the environmental syllabus to be introduced in schools next year,” he told a press conference after delivering his keynote address at Asiawater 2018 at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre here today.

Wan Junaidi said among those involved in formulating the syllabus were the Education Ministry; Energy, Green Technology and Water Ministry; and agencies such as National Hydraulic Research Institute of Malaysia.

“The new syllabus will be comprehensive as it covers forest, land, sea and air. There will also be studies on bio-safety and climate change,” he said.