Face-to-face school sessions will still begin on October 3 except in states that are still in Phase 1 of the National Recovery Plan (NRP).
Presently, the states that remain in Phase 1 of the NRP are Kedah, Selangor, Johor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya.
Senior Minister of Education, Datuk Dr Radzi Jidin denies claims that the reopening of physical school sessions is too late.
He stressed that the decision was made based on research and taking into account the considerations of the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the National Security Council (MKN).
“I would like to clarify that it is not a matter of delay but instead a need to scrutinize and assess the current situation.
“When we opened on June 24, there were not many cases at the time but there were no vaccines; our society was not vaccinated.
“Now the number of cases are high, but we see that the community has mostly been vaccinated and the threshold value factors of the NRP have been taken into account,” he said.
Radzi presented his explanation at a press conference after participating in an engagement session with the school management, teachers and the Parents and Teachers Association (PIBG) of Perlis schools.
He stressed that the standard operating procedures (SOPs) related to school sessions will also be tightened.
In addition, a Comprehensive School Reopening Plan will be announced in the near future.