Harapan demands clarity on schooling in MCO areas

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Harapan demands clarity on schooling in MCO areas
Harapan demands clarity on schooling in MCO areas

Pakatan Harapan education committee has demanded that the Education Ministry provide clarity on the status of schools in areas which will come under movement control order (MCO) restrictions tomorrow.

"Will schools be closed or will they remain open until the Hari Raya (on May 13)? An immediate announcement is necessary because some schools are having their mid-terms.

"An early announcement will allow the school management to arrange examination schedules and help students maintain focus," said the committee.

It added that an early announcement will also help parents to plan, especially in finding caretakers.

The Education Ministry should also bring clarity to the status of students in boarding schools, especially on whether they are allowed to return home, which might entail the crossing of state and district borders.

"If the government allows parents to bring their child home, the Harapan education committee recommends (a policy) where a letter from the school would suffice for border crossings," said the committee.

This was to avoid the parents having to queue for a police permit, it added.

The statement was signed by Maszlee Malik, the Simpang Renggam MP and Harapan education committee head, alongside three other lawmakers - Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad (PKR-Setiawangsa), Teo Nie Ching (DAP-Kulai) and Hasan Baharom (Amanah-Tampin).

Six districts in Selangor will undergo MCO beginning midnight tonight until May 17.

Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah has warned that the intensive care units at hospitals in the Klang Valley are nearing the capacity of late.