Normal session for schools brings a sigh of relief for parents

Azlan Othman

Resuming schooling session back to normal on July 27 brings a sigh of relief to some parents especially those who did not have anyone to look after their children at home while they work.

Zulazli, a father of four, said sometimes he had to bring his youngest child to work as he did not have help to look after his child. “I am grateful that my office understands the situation.”

Nor Suzie, a mother of three, said her children spent their off day from school playing games.

“By staying at school, at least their time is occupied with lessons,” she said.

“My children have attended classes twice in a week since the second phase of de-escalation.

Prior to that, they have been learning online.

“I still provide my children with face masks and hand sanitiser as instructed by the Ministry of Education,” she said.

The MoE announced on Wednesday that all schools under the ministry, Arabic schools under the Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA), private schools as well as higher education institutions (IPTA) and Institute of Brunei Technical Education (IBTE) will resume normal operation under the fourth phase of the de-escalation plan.

Meanwhile, the full resumption of international schools would be subject to the dates set by
the institutions.

This was shared by Minister of Education Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hamzah bin Haji Sulaiman during a press conference.

The minister said the implementation of de-escalation measures at teaching and learning session for the fourth stage will allow students to attend learning sessions normally.

However, outside classroom activities including morning assembly, sports and co-curriculum activities are not allowed until further notice.