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Schools To Reopen Soon Under Strict SOPs, Says MOE

Schools To Reopen Soon Under Strict SOPs, Says MOE

Akmal Hakim

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The Ministry of Education (MOE) is preparing for the eventual reopening of schools and education facilities across the country.

Education Minister Dr. Mohd Radzi Jidin explained that the ministry had been conducting tests and trial runs to determine appropriate hygiene and social distancing standard operating procedures (SOPs) for schools that would be made public, soon.

According to the minister, guidelines would include having occupancy limits for each classroom and other SOPs for lunchtime and extracurricular activities.

For instance, Mohd Radzi revealed that classrooms would only be limited to a maximum of 16 to 17 students and that lunch meals at school canteens would be packaged and segregated accordingly to ensure cleanliness and safety.

The minister says that these guidelines will first be implemented when secondary Form 5 and Form 6 students are scheduled to return to school to undertake their final year exams in August.

Students cover their faces with masks at a school in Puchong as haze shrouds Kuala Lumpur September 12, 2019. — Reuters pic
Form 5 and Form 6 students are set to take their SPM and STPM exams in August 2020 and the first quarter of 2021 respectively.
(Credit: Reuters/Malay Mail)

For months, public and private schools in the country were shut down following the implementation of the Movement Control Order (MCO) in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

MOE had also announced the cancellation of 2020’s UPSR (Standard 6) and PT3 (Form 3) exams and postponed this year’s Form 5 SPM, and SVM exams, as well as the Form 6 STPM and STAM semester finals.

Though classrooms are still closed, teachers have been ordered back to work following loosened restrictions under the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) 

Notably, teachers, students, and even parents have been taking part in some manner of online or at-home learning sessions during the extended lockdown period.

MOE said that the ministry was making efforts to supplement students’ technological needs to participate in online classes to allow learning to continue despite the current scenario.


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