More students return to school tomorrow

Rokiah Mahmud

Around 43,765 or 48.3 per cent of students from pre-school up to Year 5 are expected to return to school tomorrow.

This was announced by Minister of Education Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hamzah bin Haji Sulaiman, at a press conference at the Ministry of Health (MoH) yesterday. This figure is an increase of 23.1 per cent on average, since the first phase from June 2 to 15.

Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hamzah said, “The opening of pre-school up to Year 5 for all primary schools under the Ministry of Education (MoE), the Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA) and private schools will resume with sessions under Level II of the de-escalation plan.

“This also includes all five Arabic schools under the MoRA. As for international schools, the dates will be determined by their institutions. In view of the COVID-19 outbreak in this country and on the advice from the Ministry of Health, the sessions for Level II will continue to use the modalities outlined by the MoE, including face-to-face and online methodologies, according to the school capacity.

“All students should wear face masks, practise social distancing, and make sure to prioritise personal hygiene and school cleanliness for their own safety and wellbeing, as well as that of the teachers and other school staff.

“The MoE and the MoRA will work closely in monitoring the sessions so that they will be properly carried out in accordance with standard operating procedures (SOPs).

“Meanwhile, school authorities have already made preparations to receive the returning students, particularly in terms of social distancing, by rearranging tables and chairs in classrooms, canteens, libraries and halls.

“Two-way lanes have also been set up and marking tapes placed on the floors to remind the students of social distancing, while hand sanitisers are available at strategic locations.

“The MoE appreciates the commitment of teachers and school leaders in ensuring that all guidelines and measures are followed accordingly. The MoE and the MoRA will collaborate closely in providing updates on the latest developments and advice from time to time.”