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Full physical classes for secondary schools after 90% vaccination rate achieved

Physical classes will continue on a rotational basis for schools that have yet to reach the 90% vaccination rate.

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Secondary school students from remove classes, in Form Four, Five, Six, pre-university, and those attending the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP), as well as international examination students must attend physical classes without rotation once the vaccination rate has reached 90%.

The education ministry in a statement today said for the third term of the 2021/2022 session, physical classes will be conducted on a rotational basis for educational institutions that have not reached the 90% vaccination rate.

“The list of educational institutions which have yet to reach the 90% vaccination rate will be released every Wednesday.

“Any institution that has reached the 90% rate will be removed from the list and can start operating on Sunday or Monday the following week without rotation,” it said.

For Form One, Two and Three students, attendance will be on a rotation basis, while students with special needs (MBK) in Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Pendidikan Khas (SMKPK), Sekolah Menengah Pendidikan Khas Vokasional (SMPKV) and the Integrated Special Education Programme (PPKI) should attend their face-to-face classes without rotation.

On Dec 24, the education ministry announced that the third term of the 2021/2022 school session would be postponed for a week following the floods.

The ministry said schools in Group A states, namely Johor, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu, would start on Jan 9 and those in Group B, namely Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis Penang, Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan, would start on Jan 10.

The statement added that Form Four, Five and Six students from boarding schools as well as pre-university, IBDP, and international examination students, can attend face-to-face classes on a non-rotational basis.

Meanwhile, Form One, Two and Three students will continue with home-based teaching and learning.

As for primary schools involving MBK students from Sekolah Kebangsaan Pendidikan Khas (SKPK) and PPKI, as well as Standard One, Two and Six pupils and Supplementary Food Programme (RMT) recipients, they have to attend physical school sessions without rotation.

“Standard Three, Four and Five pupils can attend classes on a rotational basis,” the ministry said.

It said private and expatriate schools with fewer than 300 students can conduct physical classes without rotation.

“Expatriate schools which have more than 300 students can submit their applications to operate fully to the ministry for assessment,” it added.

Students taking the Malaysia Vocational Certificate, Malaysian Skills Certificate as well as under the National Dual Training System and the Malaysia Vocational Diploma are allowed to attend school without any rotation from Jan 9.

“For matriculation colleges, face-to-face teaching and learning sessions will begin on Jan 9 for the Two-Semester System Matriculation Programme and Four-Semester System Matriculation Programme,” it said.

As for Teacher Education Institutes (IPG), the ministry said physical classes for all programmes will begin on Feb 6 according to the current academic calender.

“Only fully vaccinated KM and IPG students are allowed to return to college or campus, in line with the Guidelines for Management and Operation of Teacher Education Institute and Matriculation College 3.0,” it said.

The education ministry said students are allowed to wear appropriate attire if their existing uniforms are no longer suitable.

If parents decide not to send their children to school, it will not be considered a disciplinary offence, but they must inform the school of the matter for record purposes.

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