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RED ZONES: Klang schools remain open, KEMAS and 122 Sabah schools closed

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Klang schools continue to open

School sessions in Klang will continue despite the district is in the red zone, according to the Selangor Education Department.

Selangor Education Director Izmi Ismail said only seven classes of two schools in Klang faced closure. The students and the teachers were in home quarantine for they came close contacts with COVID-19 positive individuals.

He told Bernama, “It involved one Form Five class and one Form One class in SMK Pandamaran Jaya.” Also, “Five classes of Year Six at SK Taman Sri Andalas too and we have disinfected all classes mentioned.”

Izmi added that the 14-quarantine day that involved both students from SMK Pandamaran Jaya and teachers began on Wednesday, September 30. Meanwhile, involved students and teachers from SK Taman Sri Andalas started on Saturday, October 3.

Besides, he emphasised that schools had always practised the standard operating procedures. So, schools complied with all advice came from the district health office.

Schools comply with all advice came from the district health office.

122 Sabah schools closed

Sabah schools in Kota Kinabalu, Penampang, Putatan, Tawau, Lahad Datu, Kunak and Semporna faced closures.

The education ministry said the closure would involve 86 primary schools, 25 secondary schools and 11 private schools. Later, the decision on school closures came after CMCO implementation came into effect in the areas at 12.01 am on October 7.

Kemas pre-schools, nurseries also closed

Pre-schools and nurseries under the Community Development Department (KEMAS) undergo closures. KEMAS director-general Datuk Mohamad Yasid Bidin said closures involved centres in Kedah, Sabah and Terengganu. The states that have turned into red zones caused the closure.

He told reporters, “276 pre-schools are closed in Kedah, 96 for Sabah, 2 in Terengganu.” Also, “Another 9 are nurseries in Sabah.”

It is reported that the closures of 281 pre-schools in total along with 9 nurseries involved 6,699 students.

Ministry of Health (MOH) holds decision on school closures

Prime Minister said Ministry of Health would decide on school closures. Photo source: BERNAMA

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yasin said MOH would decide on school closures. He added that the Ministry of Education (MOE) always monitored the Covid-19 situation in schools nationwide.

In a special address on television and Facebook, “If there are cases involving those in schools, MOE and MOH will handle.”

Later, he said MOH will ensure health and safety of all students, teachers and school staff. MOH will always inform MOE to follow necessary measures.

As worries grow among parents, the government has decided on school closure in the red zones. As such, the areas involved are Kota Kinabalu, Penampang, Putatan, Tawau, Lahad Datu, Kunak and Semporna in Sabah.

Following that, the prime minister advised the public to restrict mass gatherings, large-scale conferences or wedding receptions. In other words, the given advice is to reduce any possible Covid-19 transmission.

 

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  1. Muhyiddin: School closure depends on MOH’s advice
  2. 122 Sabah schools closed from tomorrow ahead of lockdown
  3. School sessions in Klang, now a Red Zone, to continue as usual
  4. Covid-19: Kemas childcare centres in red zones ordered to close

 

 

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