School sessions will resume for 25 days from June 13 and 14 through home-based teaching and learning (PdPR) before the term break begins on July 25 and 26 due to the continuing spike in Covid-19 infections, Education Minister Radzi Jidin said today.
He said the school session for states in Group A – Johor, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu – will run from June 13 to July 16 while the session for other states in Group B will go from June 14 to July 17.
He said the same would apply for private schools, international schools and schools for expatriates registered with the education ministry.
“There are some that ask what will happen next after the end of the term break,” he said at a press conference today.
“The education ministry will inform parents and students of this at least a week before the school session is opened, based on the situation at the time.”
On the matter of educational television programmes, he said the ministry would continue using Didik TV, Ok TV and Astro Tutor TV.
“We will continue broadcasting for 15 hours a day,” he said. “We see during this time that support for PdPR is growing each day.”
Responding to suggestions by parents that schools be opened only for special needs students, Radzi said this was up to the National Security Council.
He added that the ministry was always working to ensure that teachers are able to carry out PdPR.
“From time to time, we monitor the implementation of PdPR, not only at the school, district and state levels. We also monitor to ensure that we can resolve any issues that arise so that students can have access throughout the PdPR period.”
He urged teachers to attend their vaccination appointments to boost the number of those who have received their Covid-19 shots.
He said more than 70,000 teachers have received at least one dose of vaccine so far.
“Schools will not open until the end of July, and I have had talks with Khairy Jamaluddin, the coordinating minister for the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme, so that we can increase the level of vaccination among teachers under the education ministry.”
On the calendar for 2022, he said his ministry is working on it but that it would depend on the current situation.