(Picture for representational purposes only) School students putting on face masks following the influenza outbreak at Sekolah Kebangsaan Seri Suria, Kuala Lumpur. PIX: IQBAL BASRI / MalaysiaGazette / 20 JANUARY 2020 The school session will not be reopened hastily on 15 April if the government decides to end the Movement Control Order (MCO)
(Picture for representational purposes only) School students putting on face masks following the influenza outbreak at Sekolah Kebangsaan Seri Suria, Kuala Lumpur. PIX: IQBAL BASRI / MalaysiaGazette / 20 JANUARY 2020

KUALA LUMPUR – The Ministry of Education will not announce the reopening of schools hastily on 15 April even if the government choose to end the Movement Control Order (MCO) on 14 April.

Deputy Minister of Education Datuk Dr. Mah Hang Soon said, the safety of the students is the main priority of the ministry.

He said, the ministry is actively discussing with the stakeholders, including education societies and parents online through teleconferences.

According to him, most stakeholders agree that the safety of the students is more important than learning and examinations.

Hang Soon said, some stakeholders suggested for the school session to be postponed until June to curb the spread of Covid-19. Besides that, some also suggested to only allow candidates who will be sitting for their Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) and Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) to go to school.

“Some also suggested for the teachers to return to school and do online classes by using Internet and the existing teaching and learning tools,” he was quoted saying to Sinchew Daily.

He said, the stakeholders involved kindergartens, primary schools, secondary schools, private schools and international schools and they unanimously agreed that the school should not be reopened hastily.

“When we started the MCO initially, most people thought that UPSR and PT3 were very important.

“But, in line with the current development, some parents have changed their stance.

“They realised that the UPSR and PT3 do not give much impact on their children’s furthering their studies into Form 1 and Form 4. Some of them also thought that the examinations could be replaced with other evaluation systems,” he said.

According to Hang Soon, the ministry is also brainstorming on ways of learning including considering 24-hour educational television programmes.

“Some of the rural areas may not be able to access to the internet or their parents do not have the facility,” he said.

Besides considering every suggestions, the Ministry of Education will also send send their proposal to the Ministry of Health and get their feedback on the matter. -MalaysiaGazette

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