Virtual graduations planned

Since we are in the third wave of the pandemic, I hope schools will not organise any physical gatherings, says Abdul Rashid.

JUST as how most schooling has been done this year, those looking forward to graduation and farewell ceremonies will most likely end up celebrating it online.

With schools closed during the conditional movement control order (MCO) until Dec 6 and Covid-19 cases still on the rise, ensuring physical distancing will be the utmost priority of schools.

SMJK Jit Sin principal Ang Kooi Looi said with most students now learning through lessons conducted online, their graduation ceremony this year will be done the same.

“We initially planned to host a ceremony on Dec 7 but the current situation has led to a decision to postpone it to next January.

“The school will broadcast recorded speeches from the auditorium and students will view them from their classrooms.

“There will be no gathering of any form, ” she said.

Ang said certificates will then be delivered to 493 Form Five students and 115 Upper Six students who are graduating.

For SJK (C) Chung Hwa Pusat, headmistress Loo Geok Wan said the school will host a farewell event via online for its 92 pupils completing Year Six.

“Teachers are discussing creative methods to conduct it as it will be the first time we are doing it.

“With schooling sessions on and off, the pupils are missing their friends and we wish to

provide them with a memorable experience of learning together while ensuring safety of all, ” she said.

Penang Education director Abdul Rashid Abdul Samad said at present all plans in schools are on hold and celebrations at their premises are not encouraged.

“Graduation ceremonies are not essential or compulsory to be held.

“Since we are in the third wave of the pandemic, I hope they won’t organise physical gatherings.”

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