Schools To Fully Reopen By July 22: Education Ministry

  • 01 Jul 2020

The Education Ministry today announced the dates for the reopening of schools for other levels of primary and secondary schools.

In a special televised address, Education Minister Mohd Radzi Jidin said school for Lower Six, remove class (peralihan), as well as Forms 1 to 4, and Standards 5 and 6, will reopen on Wednesday, July 15, 2020. 

School for primary students from Standards 1 to 4 will reopen on Wednesday, July 22.

In his speech, Mohd Radzi said the decision to reopen schools was made after taking into account concerns on the weaknesses in home-based learning methods, which has been followed by students other than those in the upper secondary level.

"There were complaints on students not being able to catch up to their studies, due to technological restrictions, for examples.

"The ministry also knows the importance of reopening schools after being closed for so long," he said. 

On June 24, school had reopened for upper secondary students taking their major examinations, namely Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM), Sijil Vokasional Malaysia (SVM), Sijil Tinggi Pelajaran Malaysia (STPM), and Sijil Tinggi Agama Malaysia (STAM), and other international examinations of the same level.

According to Radzi, attendance in school for upper secondary students nationwide since the reopening has been very encouraging, at 92.4 percent. 

He stressed that no co-curriculum and sports activities will be held despite the reopening. 

He announced that schools have to follow one of three models when reopening - a single session, if they had enough room to accommodate all students with social distancing enforcement, two sessions, or on a rotational model, where students will attend school on a staggered basis, on different days. 

The list of schools and the models they adapt will be announced a week before the schools reopening date, Radzi added. 

Learning for schools which adopt the rotational model will be on a hybrid method, he said, with face-to-face learning on days in class, and online learning when they are not in class. 

Preschools and kindergartens reopened today (July 1) under the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO), with strict adherence to standard operating procedures (SOPs). 

Schools have been closed since March, due to the COVID-19 outbreak, and the Movement Control Order (MCO) enforced to contain it.

COVID-19 has infected 8,639 people in Malaysia so far, and killed 121. 

Globally, the disease has affected 10.6 million people and more than 514,000 people have died from it. 

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