Schools under the education ministry in Selangor, Melaka, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya will still reopen on Oct 4 based on the operations stipulated for states in Phase Two under the National Recovery Plan (NRP).
The ministry said in a statement that if a state transitions to the next phase, the operations of educational institutions according to the new phase will only be implemented two weeks after the date of transition.
On Sept 29, Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced that Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Selangor and Melaka would transition to Phase Three and Kedah to Phase Two under the NRP effective Oct 1.
“As such, the operations of educational institutions in these states (Selangor, Melaka, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya) according to stipulations under Phase Three of the NRP will be from Oct 18.
“This involves an increase in the enrolment of other students including preschool students, public examination classes in full boarding schools/day schools/private schools, international baccalaureate diploma (IBD), Malaysian sports school pre-university as well as other international examination classes,” the statement added.
Operations under Phase Two, meanwhile, will involve special needs pupils in special education primary schools, special education secondary schools, special education vocational secondary schools and the special education integrated programme.
This will also involve students in the second semester of Form Six, international baccalaureate diploma Year Two students, those in the third semester of the pre-university programme at Malaysian sports schools and students of international examination classes (IGCSE O-Level, A-Level, Australia Higher School Certificate and IBDP).
Educational institutions under the ministry in Kedah will still reopen on Oct 10 for Form Six second semester classes and international examination classes (IGCSE O-Level) while operations stipulated for Phase Two of the NRP, including for vocational colleges, will only be from Oct 17.
The ministry said the reopening of educational institutions in the south zone of Sarawak would still take place on Oct 4, based on the operations stipulated for states in Phase Two of the NRP.
This is following the announcement by the Sarawak state disaster management committee regarding the transition of the southern zone of Sarawak to Phase Three effective Oct 1, although the operations stipulated for Phase Three of the NRP will only begin on Oct 18.
The ministry said all educational institutions under its jurisdiction in enhanced movement control order (EMCO) areas will remain closed throughout the enforcement period.
Students in the affected areas will be required to follow the home teaching and learning (PdPR) method, it said.