COVID-19: All schools under MOE will be closed effective Nov.9 until Dec.17 2020 – Minister

Senior Education Minister Dr. Radzi Jidin

PUTRAJAYA NOV.8: All schools including vocational colleges under the Ministry of Education (MOE) will be closed from 9th November until the school session ends on 17 December 2020 for states in Group A following the surge of COVID-19 infections nationwide.

Senior Education Minister, Dr. Radzi Jidin said, the schools for the states in Group B will be closed until 18th December and the closure will involve 74% of the schools under MOE.

However Radzi said, schools in Kelantan, Pahang, Perlis and Sarawak that are placed under the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) are also included in the closure exercise.

“MOE has taken the decision to close all schools following the announcement made by the Senior and Defence Minister yesterday (Nov. 7) that all states in the Peninsular will be placed under Conditional MCO (CMCO) effective 9th November until 6th December 2020.

“Kelantan, Pahang and Perlis are not included in the implementation while CMCO in Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Selangor and Labuan will be extended until 6th December,” he said in a press conference held here today.

The Senior Minister also informed that throughout the schools’ closure the learning and teaching system will be carried out on Home-Based Learning following the suitability of the teachers and the pupils/students, while the teachers will have to stay at their work stations.

Meanwhile for pupils staying in the hostels, the parents should pick them up and for those waiting to be taken back will be placed under the supervision of the hostel’s warden while their meals will be prepared by the school.

Regarding the face to face attendance, primary school pupils will start their first term session on 20th January 2021 while Form1, 4, 5 and 6 and all vocational college students will commence their session on the same date.

However, for Form 2 and 3 students they will start the session on the same date but on Home-Based Learning following the suitability of the teachers and students. They will start the face to face learning on 8th March 2021.

Radzi emphasized that MOE has taken into consideration the safety and health of five million pupils/students and 500,000 teachers, lecturers and staffs before making the decision to close the schools nationwide.

He added, the examination dates for SPM/SVM/STAM will be postponed to 22nd February 2021 while for STPM will start on 8th March 2021.

“The assessments for the entry to Form 1 and 4 and into boarding schools, National Secondary Islamic Schools, Vocational Colleges and Royal Military College will be postponed to a date that will be notified later,” he said.

Radzi added, the students’ entry into public tertiary institutions and institutions of higher learning will be carried out via UPUOnline system that is operated by the Ministry of Higher Education.

For the MOE Matriculation Programme students and the Teachers’ Education Institute (IPG) students, they will have to continue their learning via online and self revision until 31st December 2020.

In addition, the Matriculation Programme students will return to the college on 4th January 2021. The Malaysian University English Test (MUET) for matriculation students that is scheduled from 8 until 19th December will be postponed to year 2021.

Meanwhile for the IPG students, the learning and teaching delivery and assessments will be implemented as stated in the academic calendar of the Teacher’s Education 2021/2022 session. IPG students will return to the campus to continue their studies on 17th January 2021. –Malaysia World News

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