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Sports, co-curricular activities allowed again after two years

Activities must be held on school grounds, with detailed SOPs to come.

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Sports and co-curricular activities outside of classrooms will be allowed in the 2022/2023 academic session which begins on Monday, says Education Minister Radzi Jidin.

These activities must be conducted on school grounds, he told a press conference after attending an event in Putrajaya today.

Radzi said the ministry would soon announce the SOPs for preventing Covid-19 in connection with this move.

“This is definitely good news for our children who have been confined to their classrooms until now. We want students and teachers to get used to the transition stage of living with Covid-19 before moving to the endemic phase,” he said.

On June 10, 2020 the ministry imposed a ban on all sports and co-curricular activities including gatherings in schools following the Covid-19 pandemic.

Asked about the progress of the locker project at primary schools, Radzi said the ministry was still working out the specifications for the lockers to ensure that they are durable and of high quality.

“The ministry will undertake the installation process once the suitable locations have been identified but there are certain procedures to follow,” he added.

On March 6, Radzi announced that lockers would be provided at primary schools in phases beginning this year to overcome the problem of heavy school bags for pupils.

The project will be implemented in two phases, with Phase One covering level one pupils in Standard One, Two and Three which operate in two sessions, involving 10,662 classes and 323,186 pupils.

Phase Two will involve level two students in Standard Four, Five and Six operating in two sessions, with implementation expected in 2023.

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