Poll: Many parents fine with schools opening this Jan 20 BY GALILEO PETINGI ON JANUARY 4, 2021, MONDAY AT 12:01 AM
Posted on : 04 Jan 2021  Source of News: The Borneo Post

Julica Sibat

KUCHING: Many parents here look forward to schools opening this Jan 20, amidst the present Covid-19 situation where Malaysia recorded a surge in positive cases in the first couple of days of this year.

For Julica Sibat, she was glad that her youngest son Arthur Jeremiah could finally return to his school, SMK St Joseph, after a long break.

“Not all students can be reached out via online classrooms. Some slow-learners may need extra care as parents cannot monitor the children at home when they’re at work.


“With schools opening this Jan 20, it should be a relief for both the parents and the students.

“At least, there are people who can handle and monitor (their studies),” the 50-year-old nurse told The Borneo Post.

Arthur Jeremiah

On concern about Covid-19, Julica said she was not worried about her son returning to school as the boy had always been compliant with the set standard operating procedures (SOP) including high-level self-hygiene, maintaining proper physical distancing, and also the wearing of face masks.

“I also believe that as parents, including myself, we have the obligation to prevent our children from going to school should they fall sick, even if it’s only a slight fever.

“Even if they had a runny nose but no fever, we’d still not allow them to go to school.

“The majority of the students, by now, would have known the proper way to wear a face mask, and also the recommended physical distancing.

Zamry Ali Khan

“On my part, I would provide my son with a packed lunch, prepared at home, instead of letting him buy food,” she added.

For 14-year-old Arthur, he could barely contain his excitement over going back to school, where he would enter Form 2 this year.

“I would meet my classmates and my close friends; we get to study together,” he enthused.

Meanwhile, civil servant Zamri Ali Khan did not regard opening schools this month as a problem, as long as the teachers, the parents and the school-children would always adhere to the set SOP.

“I asked my eldest daughter about this and yes, she’s excited and happy to be able to return to school – despite having some concerns at first.

Julien Max

“It’s been a long time since the schools first closed and they (my children) have not met their friends in person for months.

“Now students will return to school soon, and they will mingle with their friends again,” said this father of three school-going children, whose eldest daughter is studying in SMK Batu Kawa.

Expressing similar sentiments as those of Zamri, Julien Max had no problem with schools reopening this month, provided that all the set SOP would be strictly complied with to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

“Traditional-learning such as having the sessions in classrooms is the most preferred method, as this should ease the children’s learning processes.

“Besides, I’m sure that my son would be happy to see his friends at school,” said the 36-year-old civil servant, whose son is a pupil of St Joseph’s Primary School.

The Ministry of Education, in a statement released late Saturday, announced that all educational institutions under the ministry as well as private educational institutions registered with the ministry, including international schools, would be opened according to the 2021 academic calendar – accessible via https://www.moe.gov.my/takwim/takwim-sekolah-2021.

According to the calendar, schools in states under Group A would commence their session this Jan 20 and end it on Dec 9, while schools in states under Group B would kick off the new term on the same date this month, but the session would end on Dec 10.

Group A states are Johor, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu; while Group B states are Federal Territories of Putrajaya, Kuala Lumpur and Labuan, as well as Selangor, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Penang, Sarawak and Sabah.