Hostel students not taking SPM to continue online classes

KUALA LUMPUR: Students in non-exam classes who returned home for the Chinese New Year (CNY) holiday are not allowed to return to their hostels, but continue their classes through home teaching and learning ( PdPR).

Education Minister Datuk Dr. Mohd Radzi Jidin said this is to protect students taking the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) exam this year from COVID-19 infection.

“We will continue to ensure that compliance with standard operating procedures (SOPs) in boarding schools, in particular, can be improved. The Ministry of Education (MOE) has also increased surveillance in schools to ensure that all SOPs can be adhered to and can reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection,” he said in a statement. video that was uploaded to his Facebook page.

Regarding the increase in COVID-19 cases in the education sector, with a total of 118,238 cases recorded from January 1 to February 1 this year, he said that out of the total, 8,451 cases (7, 15%) were related to education clusters, while the remaining 109,787 (92.85%) were related to other clusters.

“In total, there are 303 clusters nationwide (from January 1 to February 1) and among these clusters, 100 clusters or 33% involve educational institutions under the MOE, while 86 clusters or 28.38% involve non-MOE establishments.

“The 100 clusters in institutions under the MOE involved a total of 5,494 cases, and of these 100 clusters, 96 clusters involved institutions under the MOE, while four clusters are private institutions registered under the MOE,” he said. -he declares.

According to him, out of 96 clusters involving institutions under the MOE, a total of 84 clusters involved boarding schools, including 76 clusters of hostels and eight clusters of fully residential institutions.

“If we take into account the total number of boarding schools under the MOE as 1,918 institutions, these 84 clusters amount to 4.38% of the total boarding schools under the MOE,” he added.

As for non-boarding institutions, he said, 12 clusters have been registered, involving two secondary school clusters and 10 primary school clusters.

“If we look at these 12 clusters and compare them to the total of 8,356 non-boarding institutions under the MOE, the total of 12 clusters equals 0.14% of the total,” he added. – Bernama

Linda G. Ibarra