GEORGE TOWN: The Penang Education Department has advised Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng to obtain approval from the Education Minister for his future visits to schools in the state.
Its director Shaari Osman said this was the standard practice for any individual with a high position such as the Chief Minister or Menteri Besar.
He said the state education department however has never prevented any parties from visiting schools.
“Any decision made by the state education department is in the best interest of schools,” he said.
Shaari said this during his visit to monitor the first day of the Ujian Penilaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) at Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Cina (SJKC) Kwang Hwa here today.
Last Friday, Lim voiced his disappointment after he was prevented from visiting SJKC Sungai Lembu in Penanti to hand over monetary allocation.
The Seberang Perai Tengah (SPT) district education office previously explained that the Chief Minister had made an application to visit the school on a short notice hence the inability to process the last minute application.
Shaari added that the issue is considered closed and urged for it not to be repeatedly raised by certain quarters.
“It is actually a very normal practice to apply for visiting permit to enter any school grounds which also applies to the public except for representatives from the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) which always deals with the school,” he said. – MO