Ministry starts inspecting schools to ensure they can reopen

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  • Saturday, 23 May 2020

PETALING JAYA: Inspections have already begun at schools to see if they are ready to reopen.

Education Minister Dr Radzi Jidin (pic) said he had visited Sekolah Seri Puteri and SMK Bandar Baru Bangi to see if it was possible for these schools to follow the school opening guidelines provided by the Education Ministry and Health Ministry.

“What is important is that the ministry wants to ensure that schools follow the guidelines provided,” he said in a Facebook post on Saturday (May 23).

These inspections started after Radzi had a meeting with the Health Ministry and National Security Council on Thursday (May 21) to discuss the reopening and standard operating procedures (SOPs) for schools after the movement control order (MCO) is lifted.

Radzi said the Education Ministry was in constant discussion with the Health Ministry to see if their “School Management Post-MCO” guidelines needed tweaking.

Among other things, the SOP revealed by Radzi two weeks ago specified that classes would be limited to a maximum of 20 students, no gatherings would be allowed and that canteens would distribute pre-packed food to students.

Based on his inspection, Radzi said Sekolah Seri Puteri, a full boarding school in Cyberjaya, still needed to prepare their classes, dining hall and hostels.

SMK Bandar Baru Bangi, Bangi, on the other hand, would have to work on their classes, canteen and school compound to abide by the MCO, he added.

“These two schools are among those chosen to implement the guidelines and necessary improvements have been noted,” he said.

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