PUTRAJAYA (Nov 8): The Ministry of Education (MOE) today announced that schools nationwide will be closed until the last day of the school session for this year.

Education Minister Dr Radzi Jidin said for schools in Kedah, Johor, Kelantan and Terengganu, the last day  of school is on Dec 17, while in other states, it is Dec 18.

He said the decision to close the schools was taken following implementation of the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) in all states in the peninsula, except Kelantan, Pahang and Perlis , effective tomorrow until Dec 6.

“The move is taken to assist efforts by the government to break the chain of  the COVID-19 infection.

“In accordance with the school academic calender for 2021 that was announced earlier, the school term will start on Jan 20, 2021. All primary school students will start the face to face learning on that date," he told a press conference here today.

Radzi said students in Form One, Form Four, Five and Form Six, as well as those in vocational colleges, will also begin face-to-face learning on the same date.

As for students in Form Two and Form Three, there school session for next year will also start on the same date, but with home-based learning and will only return to school physically on March 8, he added.

Meanwhile, written examinations for Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM), Sijil Vokasional Malaysia (SVM) and Sijil Tinggi Agama Malaysia (STAM) this year which have been postponed, will be held from Feb 22, next year, said Senior Minister (Education) Dr Radzi Jidin.

He said the Sijil Tinggi Pelajaran Malaysia (STPM) examination would begin on March 8.

He added that the ministry has decided that the candidates would resume school session from Jan 20 to assist them prepare adequately before sitting for the public examinations.

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