Schools reopening: Start and end times to be in stages

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By Karen Bong

KUCHING, June 10: Schools start and end times will be carried out in stages when schools throughout the country reopen on June 24.

Minister of Education Dr Radzi Jidin informed that the school day schedules will be announced in the near future.

“The purpose of phasing out the start and end of school day is because we are worried there will be congestion when parents send the children to schools.

“We will inform the different time sessions for students to enter and leave schools,” he told a press conference in Putrajaya today.

Earlier on, Dr Radzi announced that schools across the country will reopen starting June 24 with students sitting for public and international examinations being the first batch of learners to return to classes.

They include students sitting for Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM), Sijil Vokasional Malaysia (SVM), Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) and Sijil Tinggi Agama Malaysia (STAM) as well as international examinations.

The Schools Reopening Management Guidelines had been distributed to schools on June 4 for schools to make necessary preparations before school sessions can continue in a safe and secure environment considering the Covid-19 situation in the country has improved.

Dr Radzi revealed that a total of 500,444 students sitting for SPM, SVM, STPM and STAM exams as well as international exams will be returning to classes on June 24.

“It will involve the opening of 2,440 secondary schools and hundreds of international schools,” he said.

On compliance of standard operating procedures (SOP), he emphasised that monitoring has started to help schools prepare and comply with the requirements and conditions set in the SOP.

“Deputy Education Ministers as well as officers have been instructed to visit and conduct surprise checks in schools to ensure they are prepared for the safe opening of schools.

“With two more weeks before schools reopen so there is still ample time for schools to get ready as well as for us (Ministry of Education) to improve the SOP if needed,” he added.—DayakDaily