NUTP proposes four-hour daily sessions when schools reopen


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 03 Jun 2020

PETALING JAYA: Four subjects a day in each four-hour school sessions – this is among the guidelines proposed by the National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP) to keep students safe when schools reopen.

NUTP also suggested a dynamic schooling system, where students go to school three days each week and carry out online learning for the remaining two days.

It added core subjects should be taught face-to-face, while electives are taught online.

NUTP also suggested for students to fill out an online health screening questionnaire and temperatures checked before heading to school.

Also in the guidelines were for students to wash their hands with soap for at least 20 seconds before entering their transport to school and sanitising their hands upon entering the vehicle.

Wearing a mask should also be compulsory throughout the ride to school, and the entire schooling session should be shortened to four hours per day.

The guidelines are the result of a nearly month-long study and were released Wednesday (June 3) on the NUTP's Facebook page.

Parents and guardians are also not allowed into school grounds and should stay in their vehicle and not congregate at the school entrance or bus stop.

Among other measures were to have students arrive in small groups five to 10 minutes apart, so their temperatures can be checked at the school gate by security guards, teachers or school staff.

These groups, comprising 10 to 15 students, need to line up one metre apart to maintain social distancing.

They should also head straight to the classroom with no forms of gatherings allowed.

A second round of temperature checks will be done before entering the classroom.

Soap and hand sanitiser needs to be provided at the school entrance, bathrooms and strategic locations throughout the school.

Classrooms need to be well-lit and ventilated, with no air conditioning used.

Tables and chairs should be arranged one metre apart, with the tables preferably covered in plastic for easier cleaning.

All surfaces should be wiped down with disinfectant at least three times a day and all items sanitised after each use.

Students will have fixed seating and there will be no group work or sharing of items.

There should be no activities with physical contact or group work that involves sharing items.

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