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Ministry gearing up for new school term

Azlan Othman

The Ministry of Education (MoE) is gearing up for the opening of the new school term, such as the provision of antigen rapid test (ART) kits and ensuring that all schools have rooms for ART testing and isolation as well as a sick bay.

This was said by Acting Minister of Education Datin Seri Paduka Dr Hajah Romaizah binti Haji Mohd Salleh at the daily press conference yesterday.

“The school is also preparing online lessons and home learning packs for students who are unable to attend physical classes,” she said.

Physical classes will begin on January 3, 2022 for Years 10-13 students while students between Years 7 and 9 are expected to resume in-person lessons on January 17.

However, she said, face-to-face education is limited to students who have been fully vaccinated, adding that those who have not reached the age of 12 will continue to take lessons online or via home learning packs.

“For Year 6 students still waiting for their School Assessed Marks (SAM),” she said, “they can begin their Year 7 education on January 4 by registering at a new secondary school in their catchment area by January 3.”

The acting minister continued, “The orientation will run from January 4-6, while home-based learning will run from January 7 until January 15, and face-to-face learning on January 17.”

Meanwhile, the acting minister said the MoH wants to ensure the safety and well-being of students abroad are being taken care of and urged students travelling abroad for studies beginning January 1, 2022 to register with the Scholarship Management Department beforehand.

She added, “The ministry, through its education attaches, are monitoring Bruneian students overseas. To date, there are about 1,970 registered students, 1,000 of whom are currently studying overseas, as requested by their respective universities.”

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