The Education Ministry announced all sports and co-curricular activities in school can resume provided the SOPs are observed.
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Senior Education Minister Datuk Dr Radzi Jidin has announced that all physical sports and co-curricular activities in school can resume starting Monday, 21 March.
This is definitely good news for our children who have been confined to their classrooms until now. We want students and teachers to get used to the transition stage of living with Covid-19 before moving to the endemic phase.Senior Education Minister Datuk Dr Radzi Jidin, as quoted by Malay Mail.
All the activities and participants must still adhere to the SOPs set by the Health Ministry (KKM) and the National Security Council (MKN).
Among the measures listed in the School Management and Operation Guidelines 3.0 are using indoor school facilities with enough ventilation and room, making sure everyone in school is asymptomatic, and masking up while carrying out the activities.
Radzi added that only teachers, coaches and students from the involved schools will be allowed to participate. Any activities that involve external parties will need approval from the Education Ministry (KPM).
According to New Straits Times, the Education Ministry has the prerogative to cancel the events if the organisers are found to have violated the SOPs.
The new ruling also applies to all private institutions such as schools and centres that are registered under KPM.
Previously, all sports and co-curricular activities in school were put on hold due to the pandemic on 10 June 2020.