Schools, colleges in Selangor, KL, Putrajaya and Sabah to close during conditional MCO


  • Nation
  • Monday, 12 Oct 2020

PETALING JAYA: All educational institutions in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Sabah will be closed during the conditional movement control order (MCO), says the Education Ministry.

For Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya - the closure from Oct 14 until Oct 27 - will include kindergartens, schools, boarding schools, private schools, vocational colleges, matriculation colleges and Teacher's Training Institutes (IPGs).

The ministry added this will involve 1,088 educational institutions with a total of 935,984 students in Selangor including those in Klang and Petaling districts that were closed much earlier.

The closure will also affect 373 educational institutions as well as 286,556 students in Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya.

Earlier, Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced that Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya would be under conditional MCO from 12.01am Oct 14.

Ismail Sabri said the decision to impose the conditional MCO came following an increase in the number of Covid-19 positive cases.

As the closure will affect boarding schools, the ministry said that parents or guardians of the students are allowed to take them home.

"Students who are waiting for their parents to pick them up or those who want to remain in the boarding school during the entire school closure will be placed under the care of the boarding school warden.

"The students' needs during that entire period will be provided by the education institution," it said.

Parents or guardians who can only pick up their children during the conditional MCO period have to inform the education institution, adding that the administration will then release a letter to the parents or the guardian.

"This is for reference for the authorities in case they need to cross districts to pick up their child from the boarding school," it said.

The ministry added that all educational institutions including kindergartens, schools, boarding schools, private schools, vocational colleges and IPGs in Sabah will also be closed from Oct 13 to Oct 26.

This will involve 1,336 institutions with a total of 511,349 students including institutions that were already closed in areas under a conditional MCO.

On Oct 9, the ministry announced that all schools in Sabah would be closed for two weeks, starting Oct 10, following a spike of Covid-19 cases in the state.

Meanwhile, the ministry said for students who have to sit for international exams that are scheduled during the conditional MCO period, students must obtain a letter from their respective schools to enable them to sit for their exams.

"The education institution administration has been instructed to ensure that teachers and lecturers as well as students continue with home learning and teaching. The teaching and learning manuals can be downloaded from the ministry's website," it said.

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