Children Enrolled In Private Kindergartens Can Still Go To School During MCO

Meanwhile, students who are not taking key national examinations are told to study from home.

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The Ministry of Education (MOE) has announced that private kindergartens will be allowed to operate despite the reinstatement of the Movement Control Order (MCO) in eight states and federal territories

In a statement last night, 11 January, it is said that all private kindergartens registered the with MOE in MCO-affected areas can conduct face-to-face learning.

The statement does not elaborate on the reasoning behind the move.

Education Minister Dr Radzi Md Jidin.

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In contrast, all schools in MCO-affected areas are not allowed to operate. Only students taking key national examinations may physically attend school during this period.

Those who are allowed to go back to schools are students taking these examinations for the year 2020 and 2021:
- Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM)
- Sijil Vokasional Malaysia (SVM)
- Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia (SKM)
- Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM)
- Sijil Tinggi Agama Malaysia (STAM)
- Diploma Vokasional Malaysia (DVM)
- Other equivalent international examinations

Students in boarding schools who will be sitting for these exams are allowed to return to their hostels starting 16 January.

These students will require a special authorisation letter issued by the school before they can travel across states and districts to return to their hostels.

As for the rest of the students, school will begin 20 January 2021

"All primary school pupils and Form 1 to Form 4 secondary school students in MCO areas will undergo teaching and learning programmes (PdP) at home, according to the suitability of teachers and students starting 20 January," said the ministry.

"The same also applies to Semester 2 SVM students and Semester 1 DVM students at vocational colleges."

Schools registered under the ministry — including all categories of private education institutes and international schools — located in Conditional MCO (CMCO) and Recovery MCO (RMCO) areas are allowed to continue as per their respective school calendars.

Those who are entering Form 1 will have to take Pentaksiran Kemasukan Murid ke Sekolah Khusus (PKSK) assessments between 20 January and 29 January.

While those entering Form 4 will have to take their assessments between 15 February and 24 February.

Read the full statement here:

Five states and three Federal Territories will be under MCO beginning tomorrow, 13 January:

Meanwhile, Malaysia is currently under a nationwide emergency to contain the spread of COVID-19:

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