Pupils excited to see their friends again

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  • Thursday, 23 Jul 2020

JOHOR BARU: It was an exciting day for Year One to Four pupils here as they finally joined other students after about four months at home.

Mother of 10-year-old triplets and civil servant Norlinda Md Johari, 39, said her children had been looking forward to this day for weeks.

Her three children are Sharifah Raniya Azzahra Syed Muhammad Ridza, Sharifah Raiyana Azzahra Syed Muhammad Ridza and Syed Muhammad Raiyan Syed Muhammad Ridza.

“They prepared all their books and school uniforms days ago as they were very excited to go back to school and see all their friends again,” Norlinda said.

She said that while she was still worried about the safety and health of her children, she felt that those concerns should not stop her children from learning.

“I’m still worried about sending them to school as I know Covid-19 is still out there. But I should not allow my feelings to stop them from going to school to learn,” she said.

Personal assistant R. Chitra, 41, said her boys, eight-year-old P. Rovan and 10-year-old P. Sacheen, were also excited to see their friends again in school.

“They have gotten used to studying from home and really enjoyed their time learning from the environment around them.

“However, that does not make their return to school any less exciting. Now they get to see their friends again at school and experience studying in the school atmosphere again,” she added.

Chitra said the time sending her children back to school went smoothly while the teachers were seen working hard to ensure the standard operating procedure (SOP) was being followed.

She said she was a bit sceptical about sending her children back to school at first, especially as there was a new Covid-19 cluster detected in Johor recently.

“However, when I was sending my kids to school and I saw how much effort the teachers had put in to ensure the SOP was being followed, my mind was put at ease,” she said.

Johor Department of Education deputy director Shaharuddin Saari said all 1,187 schools had fully reopened following the third phase of reopening which involved Year One to Four primary school pupils.

“Some 575,144 pupils and students from primary and secondary schools have gone back to school as of today.

“All 1,187 primary and secondary schools in Johor are operating fully with the relevant SOP in place,” he said adding that all schools had ample classrooms and were able to ensure all went smoothly.
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