Covid-19: Return to online lessons after Raya hols for all schools
By Adib Povera – April 26, 2021 @ 8:24pm
PUTRAJAYA: All primary and secondary schools nationwide will return to the home-based teaching and learning method (PdPR) when the education session resumes after the school holidays in conjunction with Hari Raya Aidilfitri next month.
The directive will affect some 2.7 million pupils at 7,780 primary schools and 2.03 million students at secondary schools around the country,
The directive will also affect 170,000 students from daily boarding schools and some 100,000 students from full boarding schools, who will be allowed to return to their respective homes for the festive period.
This means that all schools around the country will conduct PdPR for a total of 10 days until the start of mid-year school break which will start on May 28 for schools in Johor, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu, and May 29 for the remaining states.
This is among the mitigation efforts announced by Education Minister Datuk Dr Radzi Jidin to prevent Covid-19 outbreaks from affecting schools, subsequently protecting teachers and children from the risk of being infected by the virus.
“Such a decision was formulated since we did not know what will be the situation during Hari Raya Aidilfitri and after, taking into consideration the sporadic cases of Covid-19 within the community.
“We fear that if something was not done, the virus could spread among children and teachers when the school session resumes after the school holidays for the Hari Raya Aidilfitri.
“The chances of them getting Covid-19 outside (schools) is higher,” he said during a media briefing today.
Schools in states which observe Fridays and Saturdays as weekends are set to undergo the school holidays for the Hari Raya Aidilfitri beginning May 7 until May 15.
Schools in the remaining states will observe the school holidays for the festive period from May 8 until May 16.
“We are announcing this early to enable the teachers to make early preparations for the PdPR and decide which modules best suit their students.
“As I said previously, (PdPR) is not only limited to online methods but also offline ones that suit the students.
“What is important here is to protect the students and teachers from the risk of getting infected by the virus after returning to the schools (due to the sporadic cases within the community) as well as the ensure that their education are not affected by the on-going pandemic,” he said.