Face-to-Face School Sessions Set to Resume Nationwide Tomorrow

KUALA LUMPUR: After being forced to halt physical operations due to spikes in Covid-19 cases, schools across the country will reopen in stages, starting tomorrow.

The reopening will begin with preschoolers, Year One and Year Two pupils; while Year Three to Year Six pupils will start attending school on March 8.

Secondary schools will commence sessions on April 4 for those in Johor, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu, and on March 5 for other states.

Although the Covid-19 situation has yet to subside, the move is seen as necessary to balance the need for access to education in a safe environment, so as to ensure that students do not lag behind in their studies.

The implementation of home-based teaching and learning (PdPR) following the enforcement of the Movement Control Order (MCO) to contain the pandemic came as a culture shock for parents, teachers and students alike.

PdPR, coupled with various issues such as poor Internet access and lack of devices, made many realise that the face-to-face teaching and learning method is more effective.

Explaining the rationale behind the Education Ministry’s (MOE) decision to reopen schools now, its minister, Datuk Dr Radzi Jidin, said that it is based on input and feedback from all parties.

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“The decision to allow primary school pupils to attend school sessions earlier is to give students and teachers space to adapt to the new norms as well as standard operating procedures (SOP) set,” he said, referring to the SOP in place to curb transmission of the virus.

Meanwhile, Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, who is the Coordinating Minister for the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme, said that the government will try to immunise 55,539 teachers who are categorised as “high risk” in the first phase of the programme.

Not taking the SOP aspect lightly, the MOE has also distributed the School Reopening Management Guidelines and Models for Pupil Control at School Gates to all schools nationwide.

The MOE has also allowed students without school uniforms to wear appropriate, smart and decent attire to attend classes from March 1 to 26.

Apart from primary schools, Vocational Colleges will also open on March 1; while international schools and private educational institutions, including tuition centres, will reopen on March 8.

However, face-to-face school sessions have been postponed to March 14 for Sarawak schools (Kuching, Samarahan, Julau, Meradong, Sibu, Kapit, Bintulu, Subis and Miri districts), due to the current Covid-19 situation in these areas. – BERNAMA

Source: https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2021/02/669657/face-face-school-sessions-set-resume-nationwide-tomorrow

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