Below are some frequently asked questions relating to educational institutions under the Education Ministry following the announcement that schools in CMCO and RMCO areas will be closed.
Q Will schools/educational institutions registered under the Education Ministry be closed if the area it is located in is declared to be under the CMCO and RMCO by the National Security Council (NSC)?
A Yes, it includes kindergartens, day schools, boarding schools, vocational colleges, Form Six Colleges, Matriculation Colleges (KMs), Teacher Training Institutes (IPGs) and private educational institutions registered under the ministry.
Q Do teachers/lecturers need to be present to carry out their duties in schools or educational institutions when they are closed?
A No, teachers and lecturers must work from home during the stipulated period. All teachers and lecturers on duty must be ready to be present at their work stations if and when instructed by their respective head of departments.
Q Do administrative members (AKP) need to be present to carry out their duties in schools or educational institutions when they are closed?
A No, AKPs should work from home. All AKPs on duty must be ready to be present at their work stations if and when instructed by their respective department heads.
Q Are teachers and lecturers living in an area affected by the CMCO and RMCO required to be continuously present for duties in a school or educational institution that is located in an unaffected area?
A Yes, teachers and lecturers need to show their work pass or permission letter to go to their respective educational institutions.
Q Can students living in areas under the CMCO and RMCO attend schools which are located in areas not affected by the MCO?
Q Who are the individuals who are required to return to schools and educational institutions despite their closures?
A i. Essential service workers such as cleaners and security guards.
ii. Hostel wardens and hostel dining hall workers, and students who remain in the hostel.
Q Does teaching and learning (PdP) need to be carried out for schools and educational institutions which have been closed?
A Yes, the administrators of the institutions must ensure that teaching and learning from home (PdPR) which are suited to the needs of teachers and students is conducted throughout the affected period.
The PdPR manual can be downloaded from the ministry’s official website at www.moe.gov.my.
Q Are schools and educational institutions allowed to conduct regulated international examinations despite the closures?
A Yes. Candidates must get a permission letter from their respective schools or educational institutions as validation.
The exam must comply with the given standard operating procedures (SOP).
Q Is a school allowed to postpone Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) trials when it is ordered to close?
A Yes, schools which have been ordered to close can reschedule the trial examination to another date which is deemed appropriate.
Q Can schools continue to input data of students’ SPM trial results if the school has been ordered to close?
A Yes, the School Examination Analysis System (SAPS) is open until Dec 31,2020.
Q Can all students living in the hostel return home when the school/ institution is ordered to close?
A Yes. However, students waiting to be picked up by parents or guardians, as well as students who want to stay back in their dorms throughout the closure will be under the care of the hostel warden. Food and drinks will be provided by the school/educational institution.
Q Are parents/guardians living in the area under the CMCO and RMCO allowed to take their children home from the hostel?
A Yes, parents/guardians are allowed to go to their children’s respective hostel to pick them up and return home provided they follow the Guidelines for School Management and Operations in the New Norms.
Q How will PdP in IPGs and KMs take place throughout the CMCO/RMCO period?
A PdP will be completely conducted online.
Q Are IPG/KM students living in areas affected by the CMCO or RMCO required to return to their campuses which are located in unaffected areas after their semester break ends?
A No, students will only return after the CMCO or RMCO period ends.
Q Are the cafeterias and grocery shops in IPG/KM allowed to operate?
A Yes.Source: Education Ministry
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