Sabah schools to adopt trial-and-error approach for reopening


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 09 Jul 2020

KOTA KINABALU: Schools will adopt a trial-and-error approach during the full reopening of classes for students statewide amid the Covid-19 pandemic starting July 15.

Sabah Education Department director Mistirine Radin on Thursday (July 9) said schools, together with department officials and other authorities, were in the midst of preparing for the resumption of classes.

She said teachers, staff and hostel wardens were being briefed on the standard operating procedures (SOPs), including social distancing markings and table arrangements.

“There are several reopening modules that we are letting schools choose from, whether they want to change from one session (morning only) or two, or to rotate the days or weeks for students to come to school, ” she said.

Mistirine said this during a press conference on Thursday (July 9) after the state level Teacher’s Day celebration.

She said schools could opt for any module and try them out first, but it was important to ensure that all SOPs were strictly adhered to.

“We do not want to become a new cluster, ” she said.

“We’ll see what needs to be improved and changed and will act accordingly, ” Mistirine added.

For now, she said more than half of pre-schoolers had returned to schools, while those in Form Five and Six had no problem attending classes and adapting to the new norm.

Earlier, a total of 17 categories of prizes, including the Teacher’s Icon, Leadership Icon, superhero award, special education award, OKU teacher’s award and innovative teachers’ award were given to winning educators to mark Teacher’s Day.

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