More than four out of five students are back in school for face-to-face lessons, says Radzi

KUALA LUMPUR: The resumption of face-to-face learning on Oct 3 has seen all 10,060 primary and secondary schools in operation with the attendance of more than 86% of students, says Datuk Dr Mohd Radzi Jidin.

The Education Minister said records showed that from Oct 3 till Nov 29, some 6,091 primary schools and 2,075 secondary schools and 4,251,221 students involving 2,517,233 primary school and 1,733,988 secondary school students.

For Kelantan and Sarawak that are still in Phase 3 of the National Recovery Plan, Mohd Radzi said in the two states, a total of 1,894 schools are in operation, involving 1,526 primary schools and 368 secondary schools.

Mohd Radzi said for the two states, only special needs students and pre-school students were allowed to resume face-to-face classes, involving a total of 49,535 students at the primary school level and 84,497 at the secondary school level.

“As a whole, there are 10,060 schools in operation involving 4,385,281 students.

“The average attendance of students from Oct 3 till Nov 29 is more than 85%.

“This shows that the reopening of schools was generally well-received by parents and students,” said Mohd Radzi during Question Time in Parliament on Tuesday (Nov 30).

Mohd Radzi was responding to Abdul Latiff Abdul Rahman (PN-Kuala Krai), who asked the minister to state the latest development of the resumption of schools nationwide on Oct 3.

Schools were shut nationwide early May this year after Covid-19 was detected among several students.

Initially, primary school students had returned to school in March this year and secondary school students in April.