In a sign of further liberalisation of the COVID-19 lockdown, the Malaysia Ministry of Education just ordered all teachers to return to work! That means the schools may soon reopen!
COVID-19 in Malaysia : Schools May Soon Reopen!
Early today (4 June 2020), the Malaysia Deputy Director of Education, Haji Adzman bin Talib, issued a memo instructing all teachers to return to their schools.
According to the memo, all teachers have been ordered to return to their workplaces and start work by 8 June 2020 (for schools in Group A states) and 9 June 2020 (for schools in Group B states).
So When Will Schools Reopen?
While teachers will be back to work by next week, it doesn’t mean schools will reopen so soon. The teachers will need to help prepare schools for the new normal of COVID-19 precautions, and that probably includes :
- social distancing measures, inside and outside of classes
- preparing hand sanitisers or facilities for washing hands
- new guidelines for both teachers and students
The government had earlier said that they will give parents 2 weeks advanced notice before reopening schools.
That means the earliest schools will reopen will be 22 / 23 June 2020, but they could also reopen later. It all depends on the community spread of COVID-19 this month.
Memo + Sample Letter For Teachers To Return To Work
Here is the original memo in Bahasa Malaysia :
Sukacita dimaklumkan, selaras dengan Arahan Ketua Pengarah Perkhidmatan Awam Bilangan 2 Tahun 2020: Garis Panduan Pengoperasian Pejabat Jabatan Perkhidmatan Awam Bagi Tempoh Semasa Dan Selepas Perintah Kawalan Pergerakan Bersyarat bertarikh 6 Mei 2020 bagi memastikan penyampaian perkhidmatan berada pada tahap baik dan efektif, semua penjawat awam diarahkan berada di tempat bertugas masing-masing sebagai persediaan untuk kembali bertugas.
Sehubungan dengan itu, semua guru dikehendaki bereda di tempat bertugas masing-masing dan bersedia untuk bertugas setelah tamat cuti pertengahan tahun pada 7 Jun 2020 (bagi sekolah dalam negeri Kumpulan A) dan 8 June 2020 (bagi sekolah dalam negeri Kumpulan B).
Surat arahan kepada guru kembali ke tempat bertugas boleh dikeluarkan oleh Ketua Jabatan masing-masing untuk memaklumkan kepada guru berkenaan bahawa mereka perlu kembali ke tempat bertugas. Bersama-sama ini, disertakan contoh surat (Lampiran) daripada Ketua Jabatan untuk guru kembali bertugas sebagai rujukan kepada pihak sekolah.
And here is our English translation :
We are pleased to inform you that, in accordance with the Directive of the Director General of Public Services Number 2 Year 2020: Public Service Office Operations Guidelines During and After the Conditional Movement Control Order dated May 6, 2020 to ensure that good and effective service, all public servants are directed to return to their respective workplaces to prepare to return to duty.
Accordingly, all teachers are required to return to their respective workplaces and be ready for work after the mid-year holidays, on June 7, 2020 (for schools Group A states) and June 8, 2020 (for schools in Group B states).
Letter of instructions for teachers to return to work may be issued by their respective Head of Department to inform the teachers that they need to return to work. Together with this memo is a sample letter (Attachment) from the Head of Department for the teacher to return to work, as a reference to schools.
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Here are a few simple steps to stay safe from COVID-19 :
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- Avoid public events and crowds
- Keep our hands clean with soap or hand sanitiser
- Keep our home, office, vehicles, etc. clean
- If you need to wear a surgical mask, make sure you put it on and remove it properly!
- Wash your food with water (and soap) after purchase and before preparation
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