Schools to reopen in phases on Oct 3 with 50 pc capacity, says Radzi
Senior Education Minister Datuk Dr Radzi Jidin
12 Sept 2021
By Ilona Andrew
KUALA LUMPUR: Schools are set to reopen in phases starting Oct 3 with only 50 per cent of students capacity in the classroom, said Senior Education Minister Datuk Dr Radzi Jidin.
He announced that the full reopening of schools only apply for states in Phase Three and Four of the National Recovery Plan (NRP).
He mentioned that schools in states that are still under Phase One will remain closed, while for Phase Two, special needs schools and examination classes like Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM), pre-university and sports capacity can reopen.
"Students will be divided into two groups where half of them attend classes for one week and the rest will undergo online classes. These two groups will take turns.
Meanwhile, students who will sit for A-Levels and O-Levels, as well as SPM and STPM, can attend classes without having to take turns," he said announcing the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for school reopening, today.
According to Radzi, schools will not take disciplinary action against parents who choose not to send their children to school.
However, he said parents are advised to write a letter of explanation to the school.
Students are also required to wear face masks at all times in school compounds, adding that double masking is encouraged.
He said the ministry is also working to provide face masks to B40 students.
On another note, the minister said school sessions for the year 2021 will be extended until March 2022.
This means Standard One students will only be enrolled in March next year.
Radzi said the time will be used to help students with a weak level of mastery through an intervention programme before moving up to the next class.
For outstanding students, this period will be used to further strengthen their understanding.