The start of the 2021/2022 school session (third term)
Students returned to school starting Jan 9 after almost two years of mostly virtual education necessitated by the series of Covid-19-triggered lockdown.
The Education Ministry has allowed students, whose old uniforms no longer fit, to wear their own clothes, as long as the attire is proper and neat.
While some students began returning to classrooms beginning in November last year, not all returned for face-to-face lessons then as the ministry only permitted half of a class to be in school while the other half had to continue with virtual lessons using a weekly rotation model.
Parents can opt not to send their children to school but they must give a letter to the school explaining their reasons. Schools had been told not to take disciplinary action or issue warning letters to these students.
A list of schools allowed to reopen for the third term of 2021/2022 following the recent floods would be announced every Wednesday. Education institutions affected by floods or being used as temporary evacuation centres (PPS) will only operate once they are ready. There are 10 PPS as of Jan 12.
Primary pupils to self-test for Covid-19
To ensure that the session will go on smoothly and safely, pupils were allowed to do their own self-testing for Covid-19. Weekly, 10% of pupils would be randomly selected to do the tests at home. Self-test kits will be provided by schools.
Free textbooks for flood victims
Replacement school textbooks for those that were lost or spoilt in the floods were sent to schools. A total of 263,662 textbooks were spoilt as a result of the floods, affecting 14,422 students nationwide as of Jan 7.
Starting this year, more digitalisation initiatives in education are expected. Top of the list is intensifying efforts to spread the National Digital Network (Jendela) meant to increase broadband access to Keluarga Malaysia. The government has allocated RM700mil to continue digital connectivity efforts in 47 industrial areas and 630 schools, especially in rural areas.
And 5G services will be expanded to 36% of high-density areas including major cities in Johor, Selangor, Penang, Sabah and Sarawak. With an allocation of RM52.6bil for technical and vocational education and training (TVET), the ecosystem to produce future-ready talent who can meet industry demands locally and globally is expected to improve.
Starting tomorrow (Jan 17), the ministry will be distributing RM150 to students from households with an income of RM3,000 and below
The early school aid (BAP) initiative will benefit three million school students. It will involve pupils who will be entering Year Two in the coming 2022/2023 school year, up till Form Five students, and will be distributed to pupils who will be entering Year One in the new academic year after their school registration process is completed.
Those in Year One until Form Four in the current 2021/2022 academic year who are from households with an income of RM3,000 and less, too, will be eligible to receive the aid. It will be distributed via cash or will be banked into the recipient’s bank account, with cash handouts carried out in schools based on the National Security Council’s and Health Ministry’s standard operating procedures.
SK Assumption to close
The iconic school in Butterworth, Penang, is expected to shutter late February. SK Assumption was established as a missionary school in 1933 on Jalan New Ferry. It was later relocated by a developer to the present place in Bagan Dalam. The almost 90-year-old school’s 55 pupils may be transferred to other schools as the landowner, who is a developer, wants the property back.
New academic year starts
March 21The 2021 academic year was extended to January and February 2022 to allow students to catch up and ensure they are ready to move on to the next level of their education. This meant that the 2022 academic year would only begin in March and be known as the 2022/2023 academic year.
Year Six pupils (as of 2021) would remain in primary school and only begin Form One in March while Year One students would begin their academic life in March, for the first time in the country’s education system history. The year-end holidays remain from Dec 10 to 31.
The BMI 5-9T programme kicks off
Schools to measure the body mass indices (BMIs) of pupils aged between five and nine when the new school year starts.