The education ministry today announced that students sitting for public examinations will be able to attend school without rotation from Nov 8 onwards, once a full vaccination rate of 90% for pupils at the school in question is achieved.
Attendance for students taking public or international examinations at schools that have yet to achieve a vaccination rate of 90%, meanwhile, will remain on a rotational basis.
The education ministry said the decision was made after discussions with the health ministry and National Security Council.
It said schools in states under Group A – Johor, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu – would operate on the same dates as those in Group B – Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Penang, Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putrajaya.
“States in Group A will also begin operating on Nov 8 as Nov 7 is an additional holiday in conjunction with Deepavali,” it said in a statement.
Meanwhile, pre-university students in Semester Three at sports schools as well as public examination class students at boarding schools, and students sitting for international exams (IGCSE O-Level, A-Level, Australian Higher School Certificate and IBD) will continue attending classes without rotation.
“The education ministry will continue to monitor and update the list of education institutes that have yet to achieve a 90% vaccination rate for students sitting for public and international examinations,” it said.
A list of these schools will be posted every Wednesday, it added.
Schools that achieve a complete vaccination rate of 90% or more will be removed from the list, and may begin operating without rotation on the Sunday or Monday of the following week.
The ministry said it recommends that the ruling also apply to all institutes of education that are not registered with it, including those under state governments.