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MOE To Decide If Schools In Covid-19 Outbreak Areas Would Be Closed

MOE To Decide If Schools In Covid-19 Outbreak Areas Would Be Closed

And no decision yet to make face masks mandatory in school.

Akmal Hakim

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The Malaysian Education Ministry (MOE) will decide if schools would be closed in areas with Covid-19 outbreaks.

Education Minister Dr. Mohd Radzi Jidin told Parliament that discussions at the state and district level will determine the need to shut down schools in affected zones to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

This comes after the delayed reopening of some 200 schools across Sarawak following the implementation of inter-zone movement restrictions in the state, as well as the closing of five schools in Kedah after a Targeted Enhanced Movement Control Order (TEMCO) was declared in several areas amid rising Covid-19 cases.

Mohd Radzi also mentioned that the government apparently would be assessing matters on a case-by-case basis.

Additionally, the minister explained that despite the new mandatory face mask rule for public areas, there is no decision yet to make it compulsory for students to wear masks at school.

Currently, it was only recommended for students to attend school in face masks as part of official guidelines.

Schools across the country were effectively shut down during the Movement Control Order (MCO) in March and only began reopening in stages following the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) in June under strict standard operating procedures (SOP).

With the government sort of admitting that efforts to make online at-home learning a “thing” had failed, what would the future be in store for our kids in a post-pandemic Malaysia?

(Read more: 2021 School Term To Start On 20 January, Says Education Minister)


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