The educational institution under the MOE will close until May 10
KUCHING (April 28): The closure of all educational institutions in Sarawak’s Covid-19 red zones has been extended until May 10, the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) said today.
In its daily Covid-19 update statement today, SDMC said this covers all educational institutions under the Ministry of Education (MOE) and all classified as private educational institutions registered under the MOE, including international schools.
According to the statement, these closed establishments are the same as those listed and announced on April 19, namely kindergartens, primary schools, secondary schools, polytechnics, public and private universities and tuition centers.
He explained that a meeting held today between the SDMC, the Ministry of Education and the state Department of Education agreed to extend the shutdown of institutions, which began on April 20 and was scheduled to take place. end on May 3.
He also said the move was in line with Senior Education Minister Datuk Dr Radzi Jidin’s announcement on April 26 that school classes will be held online for two weeks after Hari Raya’s vacation. – from May 17 to 28 – through home schooling. and learning methods (PdPR).
The first and second day of Hari Raya Aidilfitri fall on May 13 and 14, respectively.
“During this (prolonged) period, the PdPR method will be continued normally.
“Regarding Form 6, students in the third semester of Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) (replacement) are allowed to attend school until May 27,” he said.
It was reported earlier today that more than 1,000 schools in Sarawak’s Covid-19 red zones closed since April 20 will not reopen until June 14.
Education, Science and Technological Research Minister Datuk Amar Michael Manyin Jawong told an online news portal that this was decided by Radzi following an online meeting on Tuesday April 27. Also attended by Chief Deputy Minister and Chairman of the SDMC, Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah.
According to Manyin, Radzi made the decision to keep the schools closed because it would only take five school days before the schools start their Hari Raya Aidilfitri holidays from May 8 to 16.
This will affect 372,433 students and 30,435 teachers in the 863 primary schools and 146 closed secondary schools in the state’s red zones.
Students were due to return to class on May 3 after the two-week closure order imposed by the Sarawak government to curb the spread of Covid-19 infections in schools in the red zone districts.
Added with Radzi’s previous announcement on Monday (April 26) that school classes will be held online for two weeks after Hari Raya’s vacation from May 17-28 and mid-term vacation for two weeks from the next day ( May 29), that means affected schools in red zones across the state will remain closed until June 13.
On April 19, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg announced that all schools in Sarawak’s Covid-19 red zones had been ordered to close for two weeks starting April 20.
Abang Johari explained that he made the decision after studying reports that numerous cases of Covid-19 have appeared in schools.