High school entrance exam goes on as scheduled

Foon Yew High School Johor Baru staff ensuring the one-metre distance between desks as part of preparations for its entrance examination today. — THOMAS YONG/The Star

JOHOR BARU: The entrance examination for Foon Yew High School, one of the oldest schools in Johor, is going ahead as scheduled with more than 4,000 students in three locations expected to take it with strict Covid-19 safety precautions in place.

Foon Yew High School Johor Baru principal Tey Mei Chin said that more than 2,500 students including at its Seri Alam branch, would be sitting for the one-day examination today.

She added that Foon Yew High School has been conducting the entrance examination since 1978 but this would be the first time that the school was holding it during a pandemic.

“To safeguard the students and our teachers as well as staff, we have carried out several measures because of the Covid-19 situation.

“The measures include temperature screening of the students, use of hand sanitiser and wearing face masks throughout the examination period, ” she said when contacted.

Tey added that students who recorded a temperature higher than 37.5 degrees C would not be allowed to enter the classroom to sit for the exam.

“We will separate the students into 36 classrooms for the examination.

“For those with a fever, we will discuss the matter with their parents to allow their children to take the exam at another location.

“But if the student had close contact with a Covid-19 patient, then he or she will not be allowed to enter the school at all, ” explained Tey.

Meanwhile, Foon Yew High School Kulai principal Wong Hui Choo said that 1,518 students would be taking the one-day examination from 8am to 1pm.

“There will be four subjects: Chinese, Mathematics, English and Malay.

“This examination is for entrance into next year’s term. Those taking the exam are 12-year-olds, ” she said.

Wong said the Covid-19 pandemic was a pressing concern but assured that the school had taken the necessary steps to safeguard all of its students, teachers and staff during the examination.

She said the school was following the standard operating procedure (SOP) set by both the Health Ministry and Education Ministry in facing Covid-19.

“We have set physical distancing rules for students entering the examination hall and will also screen their temperature.

“Parents are also not allowed to enter the school premises to wait for their children. They can only pick them up after the examination is over, ” she added.

Wong pointed out that of the 1,518 students taking the exam, only half would gain entrance into the school.

“We are looking at selecting between 750 and 800 students through the examination, ” she said adding that the school currently had an enrolment of 5,900 students.

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