State’s CMCO to follow SOP of federal CMCO

Dr Mohd Radzi Md Jidin

KUCHING: Schools situated in red zones undergoing the state’s conditional movement control order (CMCO) will follow the same standard operating procedure (SOP) set by the federal Ministry of Education (MoE).

Senior Minister of Education, Dr Radzi Jidin, took note of the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee’s (SDMC) decision to reintroduce the CMCO in red zones in the state effective Jan 12.

“As long as the name is (CMCO), then they will follow the SOP set for schools in CMCO. We do not want to complicate things with too many methods.

“That is the basic framework that we are going to use to ensure that the implementation of SOP can be done smoothly and clearly,” he told reporters at a press conference held at the federal capital on Tuesday (Jan 12).

He was referring to the detailed SOP for the operations of learning institutions in areas of the second movement control order (MCO 2.0), CMCO and recovery movement control order (RMCO) in accordance with the schooling term for 2021, which will begin on Jan 20.

For CMCO zones in the state, all school students under the jurisdiction of MoE are allowed to attend physical classes except for Form Two and Three who will undergo learning at home sessions. Meanwhile, matriculation college students can have either two type of classes – hybrid.

For international and private schools as well as kindergartens in the state, all students are allowed to attend physical classes.

For students who had to travel across districts pertaining to the matter, such as from MCO zones to CMCO zones, the students must request authorisation letter from their respective schools to facilitate the movement.

He also said the number of students in a class would depend on social distancing practices.

Schools in other zones in the state undergoing RMCO will proceed with the existing SOP.