Students to stay at home, online learning to continue

Wani Roslan

The Ministry of Education (MoE) yesterday announced that schools would remain closed, in accordance with the advice and recommendation from the Ministry of Health (MoH).

Online teaching-learning will continue for all primary, secondary schools, sixth form centres, vocational schools and Institute of Brunei Technical Education (IBTE) under the MoE; schools under the Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA); and private schools, from April 13 to May 14.

Meanwhile, international schools will be subjected to the dates set by their institutions.

Yesterday, at the daily press conference, Minister of Education Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hamzah bin Haji Sulaiman said that the school holidays for Ramadhan and Hari Raya Aidilfitri would be from May 15-31, while the second school term will begin on June 2.

All international schools will be subject to the dates set by their respective institutions on the matter.

However, the minister added that these dates are still subject to developments in the COVID-19 outbreak and recommendations set by the MoH.

Schools will also continue to activate the MoE’s Business Continuity Plan (BCP) through its implementation of online teaching-learning sessions to maintain the well-being of teachers and school staff, while flexible work-from-home (WFH) arrangements for vulnerable groups are still being implemented.