KUALA LUMPUR – The stage is set for schools across the country to reopen their doors for preschoolers, Year One and Year Two students today, after they were closed to due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Ministry of Education (MOE) has allowed students without school uniforms to wear any appropriate, neat and polite clothes to school and the special exemption is granted until 26 March, when the first term holiday begins.
The reopening of the face-to-face session, after it was closed nationwide from 9 November last year also sees students and teachers adapting to the new normals and compliance with the standard operation procedures (SOP).
The MOE has also distributed the School Reopening Management Guildelines and Models for Pupil Control at School Gates to schools nationwide.
The guidelines encompass of various aspects, from students entering the school gate, while at school as well as when returning home.
Apart from the primary schools, the Vocational Colleges also open today.
The remaining of the primary school students from Year Three to Six will start attending school next Monday on 8 March while the secondary schools will start on 4 April (Johor, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu) and 5 April for the other states.
Meanwhile, International schools and private educational institutions will reopen on 8 March.
Nevertheless, the face-to-face school session has been postponed to 14 March for schools in Kuching involving the Samarahan, Julau, Meradong, Sibu, Kapit, Bintulu, Subis and Miri districts due to the current Covid-19 situation in the affected areas.
Although the pandemic has yet to subside in Malaysia and some states as still under the Movement Control Order (MCO), the reopening of the schools is seen necessary to balance the need for access to education in a safe environment to ensure that the students do not lag behind in their studies. -BERNAMA / MalaysiaGazette