‘No obesity issues among Johor schoolchildren‘

JOHOR BARU: The state’s schoolchildren are getting fitter and healthier through the National Physical Agility Standard (Segak) programme launched by the Education Ministry about seven years ago.

Johor Education Department deputy director Azman Adnan said the programme had shown positive results, as the body mass index (BMI) of primary and secondary schoolchildren were tested and checked twice a year.

“Data compiled from the results will be used by the schools to carry out proper intervention measures for overweight students,” he said after attending the department’s monthly assembly here.

Azman said among the measures implemented were campaigns to promote healthy eating where all school canteen operators in Johor were directed not to sell junk food and oily food to students.

He said the results obtained from Segak would be shared with the parents or guardians of overweight students as they played an important role in the well-being of their children.

“We want parents to encourage their children to take up sports or other physical activities deemed suitable for their age as well as practise healthy eating habits,” added Azman.

He said the department noted that there were no obesity problems in Johor schools, adding that each of the 590,000 schoolchildren in the state was ordered to sign up for one curriculum activity in their respective schools.

“Our students are more than happy to engage in the curriculum activity and it is good for them to manage their weight,” said Azman.

He said the department had selected nine schools for a new project that allowed parents to receive a full report of their child’s performance, including academic and curriculum involvement as well as the Segak test results.

Azman added that the results would be depicted through a chart, so parents would have a better understanding of their children’s achievements.

“Parents will receive the report when collecting their children’s Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah and Pentaksiran Tingkatan 3 results later this year and the project will be implemented at all schools in Johor next year,” he said.