Schools reopen today after remaining shut for two months

Azlan Othman

Students sitting for public examinations will be the first to attend school today after over two months of closure following the COVID-19 outbreak.

On May 21, it was announced that primary and secondary schools, sixth-form centres, vocational schools and the Institute of Brunei Technical Education (IBTE) under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA), together with private schools, would reopen for classroom learning in phases.

The reopening of international schools would be subject to the dates set by their institutions.

During each of the phases, curriculum and co-curricular activities will be suspended, to ensure the safety and social security of the students and teachers.

Teaching and learning sessions will be set in the ‘new normal’. Despite the COVID-19 situation being under control, schools are required to comply with standard operating procedures (SOPs) including social distancing, hygiene practices and temperature checks, and to ascertain the health of every student.

Students sitting for public examinations will be the first to resume school today following more than two months of closure following the COVID-19 outbreak. Teaching and learning sessions will be set in the ‘new normal’ in view of the outbreak. PHOTO: AZLAN OTHMAN
Hand sanitisers and temperature scanners at a school. PHOTO: AZLAN OTHMAN

At a press conference last Sunday, Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar advised parents and guardians not to send children to school if they are unwell, but to bring them instead to the nearest health clinic for a check-up.

Several schools held a dry run of school operations several weeks ago, from the drop-off point to the physical distancing measures when entering the classroom and the pick-up zones.

Some schools have opted for four days of face-to-face learning and one day of online learning per week.

For over two months, students have been staying at home, depending on online educational platforms such as Google Classroom, home pack learning or hard copies from their schools, and following educational programmes on television.

For their online learning sessions, the students would be given regular classwork and homework which must be submitted before the end of the week. Classroom sessions via Zoom would also be conducted in almost every subject, at different time slots during the day.