Preschools, kindies to open from July 1

Preschools and kindergartens have been closed since the movement control order was imposed in March.

PUTRAJAYA: Preschools and kindergartens will be allowed to operate from July 1 onwards, Senior Minister for Security Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced today.

He said the decision was made after the education ministry proposed the standard operating procedures (SOPs) at a special meeting of ministers today.

He added that the ministry would announce the SOPs in detail soon.

“The SOPs are complete,” he added. “For before the students arrive to when they’re studying in class and when they leave.

“There are SOPs for when they play in preschool, even their eating times. It’s all detailed.”

The move will apply to 6,216 public and 7,887 private preschools as well as 8,530 kindergartens under the rural development ministry and 1,781 under the national unity ministry.

Secondary schools are set to reopen on June 24 for Form Five and Six students sitting for major government examinations. Under the SOPs, only 20 students will be allowed per class with desks placed one metre apart from each other.

Ismail also said the tourism, arts and culture ministry had proposed SOPs for several tourism sub-sectors, including spas and reflexology centres; meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions (MICE), as well as travel and trade fairs.

While the ministers’ meeting had raised no objection to reopening these sub-sectors, subject to the SOPs, he said the decision would have to come from the National Security Council (NSC).

“We have not given approval yet because these involve several things on the negative list. So we’ll bring it to the NSC meeting for approval.”

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