Preschoolers, primary and secondary students not sitting for public exams to stay at home

Uggah at the press conference of Covid-19 update today (Jan 16, 2021).

By Adrian Lim

KUCHING, Jan 16: Preschoolers, primary schools students and secondary school students not sitting for public examinations in areas under Movement Control Order (MCO) and Conditional MCO (CMCO) do not have to attend physical classes.

State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, said starting Jan 20, all of these students would continue their studies via the Home-based Teaching and Learning (PdPR) method.

This would also apply to Semester Two students of Sijil Vokasional Malaysia (SVM) and Diploma Vokasional Malaysia (DVM) in Sarawak.

On the contrary, those sitting for 2020 and 2021 public exams would have to attend face-to-face classes in schools as usual.

The included examinations are the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM), Sijil Vokasional Malaysia (SVM), Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia (SKM), Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM), Sijil Tinggi Agama Malaysia (STAM), Diploma Vokasional Malaysia (DVM) and other equivalent international examinations in the state.

Adding on, Uggah said that students from boarding schools who are going to sit for the same examinations are allowed to return to their dormitories starting today (Jan 16) which is in line with a previous announcement by the Ministry of Education (MoE).

These directions would apply to the whole of Sarawak as all districts except for Sibu will be under CMCO from Jan 18 to 31, which was announced by Uggah in the press conference on Covid-19 update earlier today.

Two days ago on Jan 14, SDMC has already announced a 14-day MCO in Sibu from today (Jan 16) until Jan 29.—DayakDaily