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Back to the classroom

Azlan Othman

Face-to-face learning at public, private and international schools will resume next week, said Minister of Education Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hamzah bin Haji Sulaiman at a press
conference yesterday.

The minister said for pre-schools and Year Six for schools with less than 50 students, childcare centres, kindergarten, secondary schools, colleges and sixth form centres will resume in-person learning on either April 4 or 5, depending on the first day of Ramadhan.

For children aged five to 11, who have yet to be vaccinated, dates for them to return to in-person learning will be provided soon, said the minister.

The minister said the decision was made with priority given to the health, safety and well-being of students, teachers and workforce while also taking into account the drop in COVID-19 cases.

The COVID-19 Steering Committee has agreed on the decision, he said.

Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hamzah said the MoE and the Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA) will give special recommendation for any educational institution wish to conduct teaching and learning via online or home based learning.

The minister while adding that in an effort to ensure that school premises are safe, standard operating procedures (SOPs) implemented at schools will continue, requested for stakeholders to cooperate in adhering to them.

He said the ministry advises parents and guardians to constantly monitor the health of their children and ensure that they do not experience any symptoms such as coughs, colds and the like before going to school, as well as to undergo ART testing twice a week.

“We shall continue to work hard and pray to ensure a safe school environment to contribute to a more stable level of health for the community and the country,” he said.