More students return to schools on Saturday

Izah Azahari

The Ministry of Education (MoE) announced that schools under the control of the ministry, private schools and Arabic schools under the control of the Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA) will resume classroom teaching for secondary school students in Years 7, 9, 10 in general stream and Year 12 in sixth form centres from July 4.

Minister of Education Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hamzah bin Haji Sulaiman announced these during a press conference at the Ministry of Health’s (MoH) Al-‘Afiah Hall yesterday. He added that for international schools, this is subject to the dates set by their institutions.

Teaching and learning will be a combination of face-to-face and online methods in accordance with their school’s suitability and capacity.

The minister said 90,486 students are estimated to return to schools on July 4. The schools are required to use the guidelines and precautionary measures put in place to ensure the well-being of the students and the staff.

School standard operating procedures (SOPs) include daily body temperature checks for students, teachers and visitors as well as QR code scanning. “As advised by the MoH, all non-classroom activities such as morning assembly, sports and co-curricular activities will not be held until a later date,” said the minister.

The minister said tuition centres are allowed to operate with a capacity of not more than 10 students in each teaching session. Preventive measures such as body temperature checks and QR code scans are compulsory. Those with symptoms and have red code will not be allowed entry. The use of face masks/shields is recommended.

Minister of Education Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hamzah bin Haji Sulaiman