School only for students, teachers involved in exams

by NUR HAZIQAH A MALEK / pic by RAZAK GHAZALI

FACE-TO-FACE learning and attending school will only be for students who are sitting for major examinations at institutions located in the states where the Movement Control Order (MCO) is imposed.

Senior Minister (Education) Dr Mohd Radzi Md Jidin said only students sitting for the 2020/2021 Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia, Sijil Vokasional Malaysia, Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia, Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia, Sijil Tinggi Agama Malaysia, Diploma Vokasional Malaysia and other equivalent international examinations are allowed to attend schools and institutions with strict standard operating procedures (SOPs) in place.

At a media briefing in Kuala Lumpur (KL) yesterday, Mohd Radzi said the Education Ministry will also implement different modes of learning depending on the restrictions that are imposed in each state.

Effective today, MCO is imposed in Penang, Selangor, Federal Territories (KL, Putrajaya, Labuan), Melaka, Johor and Sabah, while the Conditional MCO (CMCO) is enforced in Pahang, Perak, Negri Sembilan, Kedah, Terengganu, and Kelantan. The two states placed under the Recovery MCO (RMCO) are Perlis and Sarawak.

Mohd Radzi said all teachers who are involved with the examinations are also required to attend schools located in states placed under MCO.

“The same goes to teachers who are asked by the department heads,” he said.

Mohd Radzi said letters will be provided by the schools for interstate travel for those living in an MCO state, while having to attend school in CMCO states.

Meanwhile, matriculation college students are required to stay in college to undergo hybrid teaching and learning programmes.

Mohd Radzi said programmes for learning teachers will be done online starting from Jan 17.

As for private and international institutions, he said face-to-face learning will also be limited to students who will be taking major examinations.

“Private kindergartens that are registered under the ministry in MCO areas may operate via face-to-face, while other private institutions are not permitted for face-to-face operations,” Mohd Radzi said.

Most schools that are operating under CMCO and RMCO states are allowed to operate face-to-face except for Form 2 and Form 3 students who are required to study at home until March 7. Face-to-face sessions for them would only start on March 8.

Despite the restrictions, Mohd Radzi said operations will remain the same with all international students allowed to be on campus, except for those from the UK, from Jan 1, and local students starting March 1.

“Accordingly, all students who have been on campus should remain on campus and follow the procedures of hybrid learning.

“For students under other study programmes, they will continue learning online until the end of MCO,” he said in a separate statement.

International examinations and professional bodies are allowed to be conducted at campus.

“Students with needs such as clinical training, professional examinations, laboratories, studios, internships or Internet access and the like are permitted,” he said.

A special permission will also be issued by the respective institution to allow students who need to apply for permission for travelling interstate or inter-district to return to the campus from the authorities.

“All research activities involving laboratory facilities are permitted through the permission of the head of department in accordance with strict SOPs.

“Off-campus students undergoing research activities must obtain a letter of permission to enter and exit the campus from the respective institution,” Mohd Radzi said.


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