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Face-to-face schooling resumes for children aged five to 11 in May

Izah Azahari & Adib Noor

Face-to-face schooling for children aged five to 11 will commence on May 14, said Minister of Education Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hamzah bin Haji Sulaiman (pic below) during a press conference yesterday.

The minister said children may attend regardless of vaccination status, and the decision to resume face-to-face schooling for the age group was made after taking into account the declining trend of COVID-19 infections in the country, adding that 50,000 is expected to return to school by May 14.

Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hamzah said this coincided with the start of the second term of schooling for education institutions under the Ministry of Education (MoE) and Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA).

He said educational institutions which may be able to open earlier are able to do so by applying for permission from the MoE, and the ministry will evaluate and consider the matter.

Permission has been given for international schools to begin face-to-face sessions on April 11, which coincides with the start of their third school term, said the minister.

Children aged five-to-11 will still undergo home-based learning until April 18. April 19 to May 13 is the first school term holidays for schools under MoE and MoRA.

The minister said this will enable schools to prepare for a return to in-person learning, including the implementation of antigen rapid-tests (ART), back-to-school activities and assessments, especially in literacy and numeracy.

“The MoE also gives permission to government schools, formal private and non-formal private educational institutions (IPS) registered with the ministry, such as tutoring or tuition classes, skills, music and computers, to start school sessions face to face by first informing the MoE,” added the minister.

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