More schools ordered to close for two days

No entry: A student and his mother reading a school closure notice at the gate of the Methodist Boys School (MBS) in Penang. — CHAN BOON KAI/The Star

PETALING JAYA: More schools are being closed in several states for two days this week after Covid-19 cases were reported.

In Selangor, 79 schools have been instructed to close for two days after Covid-19 cases were found.

In a circular issued and confirmed by the Selangor Education Department, the schools have been ordered to close yesterday and today.

This involves 18 schools in the Petaling Perdana district, 19 schools in the Hulu Langat district, nine schools in the Gombak district, nine schools in the Petaling Utama district, 15 schools in the Klang district, two schools in the Sepang district, five schools in the Hulu Selangor district and two schools in the Kuala Langat district.

According to an Education Ministry statement on Oct 9,2020, schools with even a single positive case must close immediately for sanitisation even without a risk analysis report from the Health Ministry.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba said as of April 21, there had been 53 active clusters from the education sector out of almost 90 Covid-19 clusters that cropped up since Jan 1.

Calls to close all schools nationwide grew after educational institutions recorded a total of 4,868 Covid-19 cases from Jan 1 to April 20.

While the Education Ministry has yet to issue an official statement on school closures, Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon told a Chinese daily that schools with at least one Covid-19 case would now be ordered to close for at least two days.

In Kedah, 10 schools have been closed for the same reason while in Penang, 20 primary and secondary schools have been ordered to close for two days due to Covid-19 cases.

Penang Education director Abdul Rashid Abdul Samad told Bernama that during the closure, the affected students would continue their studies through home-based teaching and learning (PdPR) method according to their school timetable.

“The schools were ordered to close for two days to enable sanitisation work to be carried out and for the school management to reassess the risk before any decision can be made, ” he said.

In Negri Sembilan, 11 schools were ordered to be shut down for two days, said a state Education Department official.

He said this was to allow the authorities to carry out disinfection and the schools would be re-opened tomorrow.

Earlier yesterday, state education committee chairman Datuk Dr Mohamad Rafie Ab Malek said SJKT Nilai was ordered to close after a Covid-19 case was reported.

On April 23, SMK Seremban 2 was ordered to close after 17 Covid-19 cases were reported there.

The school will remain closed until April 29.

Three cases were also reported at SMAP Labu on the same day but the school was not closed.

A total of 179 students were sent to Institut Aminuddin Baki and the Higher Education Academy for quarantine.

In Sarawak, all schools in red zones in the state have been ordered to close. Twenty-one of the 40 districts in the state are now a red zone due to the number of Covid-19 cases. Sarawak has a total of 1,458 schools.

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