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All Sabah schools soon to be fully reopened with strict SOPs

10th July, 2020


KOTA KINABALU: All schools in Sabah will be fully reopened soon under strict Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).

Sabah Education Department Director, Dr. Mistirine Radin said her department was preparing for the eventual reopening of schools and education facilities across the state.

Speaking to reporters at the 2020 Teachers’ Day Celebration here yesterday, she said the department had been guiding head masters and principals in determining appropriate hygiene and social distancing SOPs for schools that would be made public on July 15 and July 22.

“Currently, we are giving guidelines to primary and secondary schools. These include occupancy limits for each classroom, signage and others,” she said, adding that up to 400,000 students with 43,000 teachers are expected to be back to school soon.

The preparation work is expected to be ready between July 13 and July 21.

“Schools can choose from three operating models for reopening. Model 1 recommends schools to conduct lessons within one session. This option is for schools that are able to accommodate all their students and they can choose this model to operate as usual.

“Model 2 recommends a dual session for schools that aren’t able to accommodate all their students in one session, while Model 3 recommends a rotational system.”

However, Mistirine said Model 3 should be the last option if schools had tried but failed to operate under Model 2.

“As of now, only about 10 out of more than 1,000 schools will operate under Model 3 in the state. These schools are those with overcrowded students and using shared building.”

Commenting on the Form 5 and Form 6 as well as pre-school students’ learning progress, Mistirine noted that all schools are able to meet the SOPs.

Form 5, Form 6 and pre-school were reopened on June 24 and July 1st, respectively.

Mistirine added Royal Malaysia Police also assisted to ensure schools comply with SOPs.

“The police monitored schools and dormitories as well,” she said.

Earlier, the Teachers’ Day Celebration with the theme “Berguru Demi Ilmu, Bina Generasi Baharu” was officiated by the Sabah Federal Secretary Dato’ Samsuni Mohd Nor.

In his speech, Samsuni said teachers play an important role in instilling knowledge in the young generation. “Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, learning process has changed towards digitalisation – Google Classroom, CikgooTUBE, and Zoom platforms, to name a few.

“Some teachers have sacrificed their time and effort to reach those students with no internet access … thank you for your contribution in educating them,” he added.

Samsuni also presented the 2020 Tokoh Guru (Model Teacher) and Tokoh Kepimpinan (Leadership Model) awards to Dr Ngiam Eng Hong and Datuk Dr. Amin Senin, respectively. He also gave away awards to other teachers for their outstanding performance.

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