PETALING JAYA: All schools located in red zones have been ordered to close beginning Thursday (8 Oct) and will remain closed until Oct 23, says the Education Ministry.
“In line with the Prime Minister's Special Message on Oct 6 regarding the government's decision to close schools in red zone areas nationwide, all schools in areas confirmed as red zones by the Health Ministry will be closed, ” it said in a statement on Wednesday (Oct 7).
It said this would affect 142 schools in Klang, Selangor, and 242 schools located in the three red zones in Sabah, adding that this will encompass all primary and secondary schools under the ministry as well as private schools registered with the ministry.
The three red zones in Sabah are Sandakan, Papar and Tuaran.
On classes, the ministry added that students and teachers will also resume home-based learning during this time.
“During this school closing period, principals and headmasters will ensure that teachers and students carry out the teaching and learning process at home based on suitability of the teachers and students, ” it added.
As for schools which are conducting the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) trial examinations during this period, the ministry said they can be rescheduled to a later date.
It also said boarding schools including vocational colleges will be closed and parents or guardians should bring their children home.
“However, students who are waiting to be picked up by their parents or students who wish to remain in the school dormitory and vocational college during this period will be under the care of the hostel warden, ” it said, adding that food and drinks will be provided by the school during this time.
It also said that the ministry is constantly monitoring the Covid-19 situation in the whole country and is working closely with the National Security Council and the Health Ministry on this matter.
“Any notification regarding the closure of schools in other districts will be made from time to time.”
KENYATAAN MEDIA PENUTUPAN SEKOLAH DI KAWASAN ZON MERAH DI SELURUH NEGARAPosted by Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia on Wednesday, 7 October 2020