Schooling Ministry to verify BMI of pupils aged 5 to 9 to sort out weight problems
PETALING JAYA: In the school year 2022/2023, the body mass index (BMI) of five to nine year olds will be checked.
The Department of Education will run the program known as BMI 5-9T to tackle obesity in school children.
“The ministry will implement the BMI 5-9T twice a year, with the first test being taken in the third month after school starts based on the academic calendar.
“The second test is done five months after the first test.
“This program is also designed to help students understand the importance of ideal body composition, regular exercise and a healthy diet to their wellbeing,” said Education Director Datin Sri Nor Zamani Abdol Hamid in a letter she signed up to and uploaded to the ministry’s website and issued on December 23, 2021.
Implementation begins on the first day of the 2022/2023 school year.
The program, she said, is run annually for students in this age group.
It is mandatory for preschool and Level 1 students in national elementary schools, state and private institutions, and private schools, she added.
“It is also compulsory for pupils with special educational needs, except for those who need maximum support.
“The tests will be carried out for 1st grade students.
“The collection and measurement of BMI must be done manually in the BMI 5-9T form and online through the ministry’s Integrated Assessment Management System (SPPB),” she said.