The National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP) is suggesting alternating school sessions and halving the number of pupils in a classroom as part of the standard operating procedure when schools reopen.
The Malaysian Insight reported that NUTP will send the guidelines to the Education Ministry soon for consideration in the effort to contain the Covid-19 outbreak.
“For instance, if a classroom has 30 pupils, they will be divided into two groups of 15 and take turns coming to school.
“This is to ensure that desks are spaced a minimum of 1m apart. One group will come to school, and the other group will get their assignments and lessons online at home.
“Then, in the next three days or a week, the other group comes back to school, while the earlier group stays at home.
“We will leave the rotation of students to each individual school. Some schools can rotate once every three days, while others would prefer rotating once a week,” said NUTP president Aminuddin Awang.
The daily school sessions will also be shortened to four hours from 8am to 12pm with only four subjects to be taught per day.
“Although we reduced the number of subjects per day, we are confident that we will still be able to complete all subjects in the curriculum,” he said, adding that recess times will be staggered between classes to avoid crowds in one place.
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Various matters will be considered, including the readiness of teachers to conduct health checks on students, before schools can reopen, Muhyiddin Yassin said.
The prime minister said the government also needed to know whether the Education Ministry was ready to comply with the standard operating procedure (SOP) set to curb the spread of Covid-19.
“Maybe we have to ascertain with the Education Ministry, are they able to comply with the new SOP in schools… have to check, have to wash hands, have to test (temperature), and are the instruments all on standby?”
“As far as I know, a classroom normally has some 40 people, we can’t allow 40 to sit close together. Now, only half (that number), meaning have to break into two classes.
“If 20 per class, we don’t know what the distancing is like,” Muhyiddin said in a 40-minute video conferencing yesterday with Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Ismail Sabri Yaakob and Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.
In a post uploaded onto his official Facebook page, the prime minister said if the number of students was reduced to 15 per class, it would require the use of many classrooms and holding of morning and afternoon school sessions.
These were among matters that needed to be studied and fine-tuned before schools could reopen, he said, adding that so far no dates had been set for schools to resume.
Firstly, what is the SOP for bas sekolah? Every alternate seat empty? I think they don’t have a plan. I expect another 4 weeks of cMCO while they pass the ball on this. After all, registration of customers entering a supermarket is ad hoc. They didn’t have an official PDF form ready with columns for details: name, phone number, date time. Every shop I go too has a makeshift notebook. They should ask Taiwan for help. Each school has a nurse. If we don’t beg them for help, expect to celebrate Christmas indoors as wave 7 appears.