Johor plans mechanism for schools reopening

All schools in the country, including SMK Bandar Uda Utama, Johor Baru, are closed due to the MCO.

JOHOR BARU: Johor is looking at a mechanism to facilitate the return of students to schools once the movement control order (MCO) implemented by the Federal Government comes to an end on April 14 and is not extended.

State education, information, heritage and culture committee chairman Mazlan Bujang said it would take into account the directive issued by Education Ministry.

“We want to minimise disruptions when students and teachers go back to school after the end of the month-long MCO, ’’ he said.

Mazlan said the state Education Department would draw up the mechanism based on the guidelines from the ministry, adding those involved were urged to give their full cooperation.

He said it would also cover the thousands of students from boarding schools and parents sending their children back to the schools.

There are 1,187 primary and secondary schools in Johor under Education Ministry with about 596,620 students, 49,607 teachers and 7,178 support staff.

Johor also has 1,473 private kindergartens registered with the state Education Department with about 53,106 pre-schoolers and 71 private and international schools with 38,933 students.

Mazlan said the Education Department would also have to look into the needs of school canteen operators who had been forced to close operations for a month.

Once school starts, the body temperature of students and teachers as well as visitors must be checked before allowing them to enter the school compound, he said.

He hoped students and teachers would continue wearing face masks to school as advised by the ministry to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

As for outdoor activities and school gatherings, Mazlan said they would also be suspended temporarily in tandem with the circular issued by the Education Ministry to contain Covid-19 outbreak, until the ministry decides otherwise.

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