All school students beginning with pre-schoolers, Standard 1 and 2 will return to school on the 1st of March 2021 to familiarise them with the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). During a press conference, Senior Minister for Education Dr Mohd Radzi Md Jidin said the rest of the primary students will return to schools a week later on 8th March including international schools.
As for secondary school students, they will commence their in-person lessons later on either 4th or 5th April depending on the states. For instance, Johor, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu will start on the 4th of April 2021. The delay is due to logistic reasons as a result of the ongoing Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) exams that will end by 25th March held at the school halls and classrooms with SOPs in place.
According to Mohd Radzi, the arrangement applies to all government and private schools registered with the Ministry.
The COVID-19 pandemic that struck the nation in 2020 has disrupted the education system to date, and in most cases, online learning opportunities were not available making learning a challenge.