Students in boarding schools, vocational colleges under EMCO not allowed back for Hari Raya, says MKN

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): Students in boarding schools and vocational college hostels under the Education Ministry in areas under an enhanced movement control order are not allowed to return home for Hari Raya Aidilfitri.

According to the National Security Council (MKN), the enhanced MCO standard operating procedure (SOP) for the education sector also stipulates that no individuals from schools and vocational colleges are allowed to exit or enter the affected areas.

"No guests or visitors are allowed to enter during the enhanced MCO period. All physical and co-curricular school activities are suspended during the enhanced MCO," says the education sector SOP shared by MKN on its official Telegram website.

However, in the event of emergencies such as illness and death, movement is allowed provided permission is obtained from the police and family representatives must also inform the District Disaster Management Committee (JPBD).

In addition, any contributions by non-governmental organisations during the enhanced MCO period must be channelled via the JPBD, which is also responsible for coordinating the provision of food aid.

Regarding the SOP for areas or states subject to the MCO, conditional MCO and recovery MCO, MKN said schools needed to prepare a schedule for the movement of students to go home and return to the hostel.

All students in Group A states (schools in Johor, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu) are allowed to go back in stages from May 6 and return to their hostels on June 12 while students in Group B states (schools in Perlis, Penang, Perak, Selangor, Negri Sembilan, Melaka, Pahang, Sabah, Sarawak, Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putrajaya) will be allowed to go back from May 7 and return on June 13.

For the purpose of student movement, the MKN said school transport or special rentals must be provided if there are more than 10 people who need to cross the state or zones for Sabah and Sarawak while private vehicles can only be used for students who do not need to cross state borders and if there are 10 people or less to cross the state or zones in Sabah and Sarawak.

"Schools need to set a location for dropping off and picking up students in each state. Parents or guardians can pick up their wards at these designated locations," the SOP explained.

The SOP also stipulates that parents or guardians in Sabah and Sarawak, who have children attending schools in Labuan, can pick up and return their wards at designated locations only.

For health management purposes, all students are required to undergo a health screening before boarding a vehicle that has been sanitised and provided by the school, to always wear a face mask and adhere to the stipulated SOP throughout the journey.

In addition, only healthy students are allowed to return to hostels provided they and family members living in the same household are not in quarantine or in close contact with a Covid-19 patient, and are required to submit a health declaration form.

Senior Education Minister Datuk Dr Radzi Jidin had, on April 26, announced that learning sessions after the Hari Raya Aidilfitri holidays would continue with the home-based teaching and learning (PdPR) method for two weeks instead of face-to-face sessions at school.

The learning sessions will start from May 16 to 27 for group A schools and May 17 to 28 for group B schools. After the PdPR period, pupils will continue with their term holidays from May 28 to June 12 for group A schools and May 29 to 13 June for group B schools. - Bernama

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