PETALING JAYA: Tamil schools are allowed to take additional leave to celebrate Deepavali this year.
The Education Ministry said even if schools have exhausted their cuti peristiwa (occasional holiday) and still wish to take additional leave to celebrate the festival, they can apply for cuti ganti (replacement holiday).
“State education directors are required to grant cuti peristiwa or cuti ganti to Tamil schools that have applied, in conjunction with the festival.
“Deepavali holidays for Tamil vernacular schools (SJK(T)) in Kedah, Kelantan, Terengganu and Johor will start from Nov 4 until 6, so schools in these states can apply for cuti peristiwa for Nov 7 and 8.
“As for SJK(T) schools in the rest of the states, Deepavali holidays will commence from Nov 5 until 7, and similarly, they can apply for cuti peristiwa for Nov 8 and 9,” the Education Ministry said in a statement on Thursday (Oct 4).
The replacement days, the ministry said, must be held in October.
“State education departments will be required to rearrange the school’s final year examination dates if it clashes with the dates selected to celebrate the festival,” it added.
Teachers of Indian ethnicity teaching in schools aside from SJK(T)s, the ministry said, can also apply for special breaks (cuti rehat khas) through their respective school administrators, while Indian students in non-SJK(T) schools are also allowed special passes on the scheduled dates.
Deepavali falls on Nov 6.