Matriculation students eager to reunite with families

PETALING JAYA: Matriculation students – except those from red zones – can return home for their semester break, which starts this weekend, after the Education Ministry gave the nod.

Students whose homes are located in the red zones, however, are not allowed to return, according to a circular issued yesterday.

Parents and guardians – except those from red zones – will also be allowed to visit and enter the premises of matriculation colleges on weekends and public holidays starting Friday if they adhere to standard operating procedures (SOP) in the School Management and Operation Amid New Norms Guidelines.

“All students from Kedah, Kelantan and Johor matriculation colleges can return home starting Oct 9 to 17, while students from the other remaining states are allowed to return home starting Oct 10 to 18,” read the circular signed by Education deputy director-general (school operation sector) Adzman Talib.The announcement was greeted with joy and excitement by parents and students alike.

A student, who declined to be named, said he was elated to be able to finally return home to spend time with his family.

“We can’t wait to meet our parents and take a much needed break. For now, we’re not looking to have fun but just to return home and spend time with our loved ones.

“Everyone is in high spirits. We understand the severity of the Covid-19 situation and we know what needs to be done to keep the cases at bay,” he added.

Another student from a separate matriculation college said she was eager to see her parents again as it was her first time away from home.

“I am so excited to see my parents again after more than two months. I can’t wait to be back in the comfort of my home.

“Matriculation students should be allowed to continue with online classes for the remaining nine weeks of this semester, just like what is being done at universities,” she said.

A delighted parent reminded everyone to practice physical distancing and SOPs while travelling.

“It is now up to the students, parents and guardians to ensure that the recovery movement control order (MCO) procedures set by

the National Security Council are strictly adhered to for the common good and wellbeing of every individual we come in contact with.

“It is better to avoid complacency and ignorance than to be sorry and sullen,” said the parent.

Matriculation students have not been able to return home since enrolling into the colleges in August, while parents were only allowed to see their children from outside campus gates as a precautionary measure against the spread of Covid-19, The Star reported on Sept 30.

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