Tuesday, April 20, 2021


259 secondary students in Kelantan positive for Covid-19 in 2 weeks

State health director says some school managements did not comply with SOPs.

19 schools in Selangor closed over Covid-19

The Petaling district health office says the closures are to allow disinfection work at the schools and screening activities for close contacts.

Schools in Sarawak red zones to close for 14 days

Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg says the state itself will not be placed under MCO, citing the need to balance lives and livelihoods.

Any move to close schools will be based on joint assessment, says health minister

He says if cases involve only students and not school staff, the school can remain open.

Schools close as France locks down for third time

France’s new lockdown underlines the cost of the European Union’s slow rollout of anti-Covid vaccines.

US kids could receive vaccine by year-end, says White House pandemic adviser Fauci

Children in high school should be able to get the vaccines 'sometime this fall', although data is still being compiled on their safety and efficacy for younger children who may not receive the jabs until late 2021 or early 2022, he says.

Row as French city mayor bans meat from children’s school dinners

Government ministers have declared that the move is an unacceptable insult to French cuisine.

WHO backs AstraZeneca jab in boost for poor countries

While inoculation drives have been gaining pace, with nearly 172 million vaccine doses given worldwide, most of the jabs have so far gone to richer countries.

Studies show no rapid spread of Covid-19 in schools with SOPs

Schools that practise social distancing, mask-wearing and other precautions have not seen rapid spread of coronavirus although indoor sports activities should be avoided, researchers say.

School closures still ‘last resort’ despite virus variants, says WHO

School closure should be implemented as a last resort, be temporary and only at a local level in areas with intense transmission, WHO says.

Academics say UPSR, PT3 exams no longer needed to gauge students

They say the exams merely emphasise the 3R's of reception, retention and recollection without sharpening students' thinking and communication skills.

2020, a roller-coaster ride for education

From changes in government to the impact of Covid-19, teachers, parents and students experienced a whirlwind of events this year.

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