KUCHING: Students of Form 5 and 6 are urged to comply with the standard operating procedures (SOP) everywhere they go and not just in the school compound.
In making this call today, Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri said even though the SOP issued by the Ministry of Education (MoE) applied to students inside the schools, these upper level students should know better.
“Outside of the school compound, students may be free. When they go shopping and other places, they are no longer bounded by the MoE’s SOP.
“When we decided to open these classes (Form 5 and 6), it is for those who will be sitting for SPM (Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia) and STPM (Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia) examinations.
“We regard them as grown-ups who know well how to take care of themselves, and they must pay attention to their own safety,” he said when responding to questions at the daily update press conference in Putrajaya today.
Ismail Sabri reminded these students to always adhere to the SOP, be they in the school or off the school compound.
He believed that Form 5 and 6 students would have less issue with upholding self discipline so as not to flout the SOP outside their schools.
“Do not hug each other after you leave the school compound or disregard the need for social distancing. This may put your own safety at stake,” he said.
To break the chain of Covid-19 infection, students in Malaysia have not gone to school since the first mid-term holidays on March 14.
As the country entered the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) on June 10, the government decided to allow for resumption of classes for Form 5 and 6 students from June 24.