Sultan of Perak allows Maahad Tahfiz schools to reopen on March 1

Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah. -filepic

IPOH: The Sultan of Perak Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah has consented to allow Maahad Tahfiz schools in the state to be reopened from March 1.

State Islamic Religion and Malay Custom Council president Datuk Seri Mohd Annuar Zaini said after consulting with the state Health Department and National Security Council (NSC), Sultan Nazrin had given his consent for the schools to be reopened with conditions.

Mohd Annuar said the maximum number of students allowed would be limited to the capacity of the hostel and school, while observing the required physical distancing.

"It must also be approved by the state Islamic Religious Department with the advice of state health authorities and the NSC.

"Physical distancing must be observed in the rooms used for study, prayers and accommodation," he said in a statement on Monday (Feb 22).

"Students are only allowed to use the lower bunk of double-decker beds at hostels with such facilities," he added.

Mohd Annuar said to ensure physical distancing and minimise large gatherings at one time, the management of each school must allocate more time for registration.

Parents and guardians should come to register their children according to a schedule, he added.

"All items brought from home or outside are to be sanitised first.

"The management will also need to sanitise the school and hostel thoroughly before allowing the students to register.

"There will also be strict controls and monitoring by teachers and staff on those entering the premises," he said.

Mohd Annuar said parents and guardians were allowed to send their children to the hostel but must drop them off at the front gate only.

"They are not allowed to visit them for now to minimise risks and exposure.

"Permits for visitation will be issued when authorities are satisfied that the spread of Covid-19 is under control or when the number of daily cases has dropped.

"The state Religious Department director has been given the authority to order the closure of any Maahad Tahfiz that fails to follow the set guidelines," he said.

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