Education Minister: PTAs & Schools To Decide If They Want A Lavish Graduation Ceremony

"It is imperative to consider objections and differing views," said Education Minister Fadhlina Sidek.

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Education Minister Fadhlina Sidek wants parent-teacher associations (PTA) of respective schools to decide among themselves how lavish they want their school graduation ceremonies to be

The minister was responding to reporters' questions regarding the viral issue of parents expressing their dissatisfaction with schools for organising graduation ceremonies at five-star hotels, with fees ranging from RM150 to RM200 per student.

"Engaging with the PTA is essential, focusing on resolving issues at the school level. It is imperative to consider objections and differing views.

"The ministry encourages simple yet joyous and appreciative ceremonies, particularly for our children," she said when asked about the matter, according to the New Straits Times.

Education Minister Fadhlina Sidek (centre).

Image via Aizuddin Saad/New Straits Times

Meanwhile, National Parent-Teacher Association president Associate Professor Datuk Dr Mohamad Ali Hassan suggested that schools should avoid lavish ceremonies altogether

Mohamad Ali encouraged PTAs to be more practical, especially considering the current uncertain economic situation, and to use school funds for more essential purposes.

He also said the trend of extravagant spending on graduation ceremonies in hotels could have numerous negative implications for everyone involved, including students, parents, and the school itself.

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Actress Adrea Abdullah had likened the situation to "emotional blackmail", emphasising the burden it places on students' parents:

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