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Latest Face Mask Rules For Schools In Malaysia!

Latest Face Mask Rules For Schools In Malaysia!

The Malaysia Ministry of Education just released its latest face mask rules for schools!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Latest Face Mask Rules For Schools In Malaysia!

On 10 September 2022, the Malaysia Ministry of Education (KPM) released the latest face mask rules for schools.

These new face mask rules apply to all educational institutions under the Ministry of Education, as well as those not registered with the ministry, including educational institutions run by the state government.

Face Mask Is Now Optional

KPM has now made the face mask optional in schools, whether indoors or outdoors.

However, KPM recommends that students and teachers wear a face mask in educational institutions, especially where it is crowded.

Face Mask Required Indoors If Symptomatic

Individuals who are symptomatic with a fever, cough or flu, are still REQUIRED to wear a face mask while indoors.

However, the wearing of face mask is optional when outdoors, even for individuals who are symptomatic.

Read more : Malaysia : Latest Covid-19 Vaccine Recommendations!

Face Mask Required Indoors If COVID-19 Positive

Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 while in an educational institution or a dormitory are REQUIRED to wear a face mask while travelling to the COVID-19 Assessment Centre (CAC) or a nearby health facility for a health check.

Face Mask Required In School Bus / Van / Public Transport

Students are still REQUIRED to wear a face mask while travelling in a school bus or van, or whenever they are taking public transportation like a public bus, train, taxi or an e-hailing ride.

 

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2023 / 2024 Malaysia School Term To Begin In March!

Malaysia will continue to begin the 2023 school term in March, after taking into consideration several factors.

Here is what you need to know…

 

2023 / 2024 Malaysia School Term To Begin In March!

The Malaysia Minister of Education, Dr. Radzi Jidin, announced on 29 August 2022, that the 2023 school term will begin in March as scheduled.

He said that the decision was made after taking into account factors like the possibility of Northeast monsoon floods in the East Coast states at the end of the year, and the long interval before students could resume their studies after finishing their Sijil Pelajaran (SPM) examination.

By maintaining the start of the 2023 school term in March, students will not have to wait too long to continue their studies, allowing for better learning momentum.

Read more : Updated Malaysia School Term Schedule + Holidays For 2022!

 

2023 / 2024 Malaysia School Term Calendar Not Out Yet

Even though Dr. Jidin announced that the 2023 school term for Malaysia will begin in March, he did not unveil the school term calendar yet. I will update you all when I know more.

Based on the 2022 school term calendar, Group A states (Johor, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu) will begin the 2023 school term on 12 March 2023.

Group B states (Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Penang, Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putrajaya) should begin the 2023 school term on 13 March 2023.

The 2023 start date will be 8-9 days earlier than in 2022, which you can compare below :

Group A

Group A states are Johor, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu.

  • Group A : 2022 academic year will last from 21 March 2022 until 11 March 2023
Group A School Starts School Ends Days
Term 1 21 March 2022 2 June 2022 48
Term 1 Holiday 3 June 2022 11 June 2022 9
Term 2 12 June 2022 1 September 2022 57
Term 2 Holiday 2 September 2022 10 September 2022 9
Term 3 Part 1 11 September 2022 8 December 2022 61
Term 3 Holiday 9 December 2022 31 December 2022 23
Term 3 Part 2 1 January 2023 16 February 2023 32
Year End Holiday 17 February 2023 11 March 2023 23

Group B

Group B states are Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Penang, Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putrajaya.

  • Group B : 2022 academic year will last from 21 March 2022 until 12 March 2023
Group B School Starts School Ends Days
Term 1 21 March 2022 3 June 2022 49
Term 1 Holiday 4 June 2022 12 June 2022 9
Term 2 13 June 2022 2 September 2022 58
Term 2 Holiday 3 September 2022 11 September 2022 9
Term 3 Part 1 12 September 2022 9 December 2022 60
Term 3 Holiday 10 December 2022 31 December 2022 22
Term 3 Part 2 3 January 2023 17 February 2023 31
Year End Holiday 18 February 2023 12 March 2023 23

 

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ViewSonic Launches New Corporate + Education Solutions!

ViewSonic just launched new solutions for the corporate and education segments!

Here’s a quick look at the new ViewSonic LED projectors, and the ViewSonic Studio!

 

ViewSonic Launches New Corporate + Education Solutions!

Thanks for the COVID-19 pandemic, many of those working in the corporate and education industry are looking for a hybrid approach to combine in-person and online meetings and education.

Capitalising on the increased demand in those market segments, ViewSonic is introducing two new 3rd Generation LED projectors, as well as their Hybrid Ecosystem ViewBoard Interactive Display.

3rd Gen ViewSonic LED Projectors

ViewSonic is offering two new 3rd Generation LED projectors – the LS500WHE and the LS550WHE, both offering a maximum brightness of 3,000 ANSI lumens, as well as greater energy efficiency, and a longer lifespan.

The ViewSonic LS500WHE delivers 125% Rec.709 colour gamut, with 50% lower power consumption, and an LED light source that does not require replacements (thanks to its 30,000 hour lifespan), and is mercury-free.

Its optical engine is sealed against dust, with an IP5X rating, ensuring optimal image quality regardless of the environment. And the LS500WHE offers a 360-degree tilt angle projection to support floor and ceiling projections.

The ViewSonic LS550WHE is a short-throw version that offers all of the LS500WHE’s capabilities, with a 0.49 short throw lens, together with horizontal and vertical keystone correction, as well as 4-corner adjustments to eliminate crooked or distorted images.

ViewSonic LS500WHE (left) and LS550WHE (right)

ViewSonic Studio For Education Tech Solutions

ViewSonic also launched the first ViewSonic studio in Malaysia, which offers educators and policy makers access to their latest edtech solutions, like the ViewBoard Interactive Display, and the myViewBoard visual learning software suite.

The ViewBoard interactive display has made significant inroads in the Malaysian education system, taking up 43.5% of the market share up to Q1 2022.

ViewSonic hopes to expand on this through their myViewBoard software suite, which would allow for Student-Centered Active Learning Environment with Upside-down Pedagogies (SCALE-UP).

The integration of the ViewBoard interactive display, with their myViewBoard software suite will allow classrooms to adopt group work, with better engagement through enriched content and an immersive learning system.

 

ViewSonic Corporate + Education Solutions : Price + Availability

The new ViewSonic corporate and education solutions are available with immediate effect.

Here are the launch prices for the 3rd Generation ViewSonic LED projectors :

  • LS500WHE : RM3,599 (about US$815 | £672 | A$1,187 | S$1,137)
  • LS550WHE : RM3,999 (about US$905 | £747 | A$1,319 | S$1,263)

Online purchase options in Malaysia :

Online purchase options in Singapore :

 

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Mandatory Penis Inspection In School Was Just A Prank!

The viral letter about mandatory penis inspection in a Bandar Kinrara school was a student’s prank!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Mandatory Penis Inspection In School? What’s Going On?!

A letter that purportedly showed the Malaysia Ministry of Education calling for mandatory penis inspection at SMK Seksyen 4 Bandar Kinrara went viral on social media.

ATTENTION ALL STUDENTS OF
SMK SEKSYEN 4 BANDAR KINRARA:
MANDATORY PENIS INSPECTION

To all male students of SMK Seksyen 4 Bandar Kinrara:

The Ministry of Education requires us to conduct mandatory penis inspections on all male students at SMK Seksyen 4 Bandar Kinrara in accordance with Health Code 6,9. This year’s penis inspection will take place on Wednesday, March 20th, 2019 during Assembly. All circumcised males should report to the Bilik Disiplin (280), and all uncircumcised males should report to the Bilik Media (273). There will be on ONE makeup date on Wednesday, March 20th, 2019 at 8:00 AM. If you are unable lo attend either inspection dale, a district official can arrange to meet with you on your own time (call 03-8075 xxxx to arrange an appointment

NOTE: All male students MUST attend an inspection, or they WALL NOT Receive their 2020 SPM SLIPI

A traditional UK “Pass-or-Fail” method will be used in the inspection. Please ensure that all penises are clean and orderly, as there will be no special circumstances. Note that SPM SLIP 2020 will not be issued by the Ministry of Education to any individual with an erection.

If you have any questions about the inspection, contact Puan Sri Lan Lan, Ministry of Education appointment Genital Commission official.

 

Mandatory Penis Inspection In School Was Just A Prank!

SMK Seksyen 4 Bandar Kinrara administrative senior assistant Muhammad Asri Heman clarified that the viral letter on penis inspection was merely a “prank” by one of their students.

He said that neither the school or the education ministry had conduction any penis inspection, and that the student was suspended and “action had been taken against him“.

Asri said that the student posted the letter on his social media page, after there were initial concerns by Form 5 students that someone may be checking their private parts in the toilets.

Despite the Malaysia Ministry of Education (KPM) logo, it seems obvious that this was meant to be satire, with over-the-top details, including an admonishment about erections.

All things considered – it was a pretty funny piece. This kid has a future in writing. I just hope he doesn’t misuse it to create fake news in the future.

 

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Malaysia Abolishes PT3 Exams For Form 3 Students!

The Malaysia Ministry of Education just abolished the PT3 examinations for Form 3 students!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Malaysia Abolishes PT3 Exams For Form 3 Students!

On 2 June 2022, the Malaysia Minister of Education Dr. Radzi Jidin announced that the PT3 (Form Three Assessment) examinations will be abolished for good.

The PT3 examinations were introduced in 2014 to replace the Lower Secondary Evaluation (PMR) exams, which were implemented between 1993 and 2013.

The PT3 exams had already been cancelled for two years – 2020 and 2021 – during the COVID-19 pandemic. With this decision, the PT3 exams will no longer be conducted from this year onwards.

The PMR (Penilaian Menengah Rendah) was introduced in 1993, and PT3 in 2014. The PT3 exams were not carried out in 2020 and last year.

Many wondered what will happen with PT3 exams this year. We have decided to abolish it starting this year.

 

What Will Form 3 Students Undergo Without PT3 Exams?

Instead of a standardised test for Form 3 students, the Ministry of Education (MoE) will implement a summative assessment, and work on improving school- and class-based assessments.

The ministry will work on strengthening other forms of assessment.

These checkups are not meant to be high-stake examinations as we want to build our students without pressuring them.

These assessments will be used to help determine the best streams for these students in Form 4, by revealing their strengths and weaknesses.

Compared to PT3, which was held when students are already set to move on to the next academic stage, our new approach will allow us to immediately identify problems faced by students and how they can be guided.

The Ministry of Education will provide teachers with a question bank with assessment questions for all subjects for Form 1, 2 and 3 students, as well as basic subjects of Bahasa Malaysia, English, mathematics, science and history for Form 4, 5 and 6 students.

Schools will be allowed to set their own time frames for assessments, based on a time frame provided by the ministry.

Please note that while the PT3 examinations have been abolished, the Specific Schools Admission Assessment will continue to be implemented for students who are interested in further their education at boarding schools.

 

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No More Rotation For Primary School Students From April 17!

The Malaysia Minister of Education just announced that ALL primary school students will be able to attend school without rotation starting April 17!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Earlier : Some Primary School Students Undergo Rotation

When the new 2022-2023 school term began in Malaysia, roughly half of primary school students were only allowed to attend school on a rotation basis.

Standard 1, Standard 2 and Standard 6 students in primary schools with enrolment of more than 600 students, were allowed to attend school, without rotation.

But Standard 3, Standard 4 and Standard 5 students in those larger primary schools were only allowed to attend classes in rotation – one week on, one week off.

 

No More Rotation For Primary School Students From April 17!

On 8 April 2022, the Malaysia Minister of Education Dr. Radzi Jidin announced that all primary school students will be allowed to attend school without rotation :

  • Group A states (Johor, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu) : April 17 onwards
  • Group B states (Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Penang, Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putrajaya) : April 18 onwards

Pupils who were attending school on a rotational basis now can return (in full).

The most important thing is everyone’s adherence to the standard operating procedures. Even though we are transitioning to the endemic phase, it is still important to follow the SOPs.

I ask parents to always remind their children that they should make sure they adhere to the SOPs.

 

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2022-2023 Malaysia School Term : What You Need To Know!

The Malaysia Ministry of Education just announced important details for the 2022-2023 school term!

Here is what you need to know! Please SHARE this out!

 

2022-2023 Malaysia School Term : What You Need To Know!

As I shared earlier and you already know by now, the 2022-2023 Malaysia school term will begin on 21 March 2022.

However, the details of how the 2022-2023 school term in Malaysia will be implemented was not revealed until today – 5 March 2022.

While not mandatory, the Ministry of Education (KPM) recommends that all other educational institutes not registered with KPM adopt these measures as well.

Read more : Updated Malaysia School Term Schedule + Holidays For 2022!

Primary Schools with Enrolment > 600 Students

These students can attend face-to-face classes without rotation :

  • Special needs students (MBK) in National Special Education Schools (SKPK) and Integrated Special Education Program (PPKI)
  • Preschool students
  • Standard 1, Standard 2 and Standard 6 students
  • Students under the Food Supplementation Plan (RMT)

These students must attend face-to-face classes with rotation :

  • Standard 3, Standard 4 and Standard 5 students

These rules also apply to private schools, including expatriate schools and international schools.

Private schools, expatriate schools and international schools that wish to operate face-to-face classes without rotation can apply to the Ministry of Education.

Primary Schools with Enrolment < 600 Students

All students in these smaller schools can attend face-to-face classes without rotation.

This includes private schools, as well as expatriate schools and international schools.

Secondary Schools

All secondary school students must attend online classes (PdPR) for two (2) weeks, starting 21 March 2022.

All secondary school students will attend face-to-face classeswithout rotation, only on 4 April 2022.

These rules also apply to private schools, including expatriate schools and international schools.

Full Boarding Schools

These students in full boarding schools will attend online classes (PdPR) for 2 weeks on 21 March 2022, and only start face-to-face classes without rotation on 4 April 2022.

  • Form 2, Form 3, Form 4, Form 5 and Form 6 students
  • Pre-University students
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) students
  • Students studying for equivalent International examinations

Form 1 students in full boarding schools will be registered online, and the students can choose to either study online (PdPR), or attend the nearest day school until the boarding school announces when they can join.

However, full boarding schools that have the capacity to handle all of their students may include the new batch of Form 1 students.

Vocational / Matriculation / Teachers College

Vocational College students sitting for the SIjil Vokasional Malaysia (SVM) or Diploma Vocational Malaysia (DVM) can attend face-to-face classes without rotation.

Vocational College students may return home for the mid-semester and public holidays, and return to college in stages. Some students will continue face-to-face classes, while those at home will attend online classes (PdPR).

Only Vocational College students who are fully-vaccinated with two (2) doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are allowed to return to college.

All educational programmes at Teacher Education Institutes (IPG) will be conducted face-to-face.

 

2022-2023 Malaysia School Term : Uniform, Attendance, Testing

Here are the uniform, attendance and testing requirements for the 2022-2023 school term in Malaysia.

School Uniforms

Students are encouraged to wear their school uniforms. However, they are allowed to wear suitable clothes if their school uniforms no longer fit.

School Attendance

Parents or guardians can choose not to send their children to school, and it won’t be considered as a disciplinary offence. However, parents / guardians must inform the school of their decision, for the record.

COVID-19 Testing

10% of primary school students will undergo self-administered COVID-19 screening tests at home, under the guidance of their parents / guardians.

The schools will identify students that need to undergo the COVID-19 screening tests, and provide the self-test kit, as well as the test confirmation slip to the student to bring home.

The results of the self-administered COVID-19 screening test must be reported to the school.

 

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New 2022 School Rotation Details For Malaysia!

The Malaysia Ministry of Education just announced changes to school rotation for early 2022!

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New 2022 School Rotation Details For Malaysia!

The Malaysia Ministry of Education (KPM) just announced changes to school rotation for early 2022!

Primary Schools

This applies to private and international schools as well.

No Rotation With Rotation
Special Needs (SKPK/PPKI)
Pre-School
Standard 1
Standard 2
Standard 6
All RMT (Food Supplement Program) Students
Standard 3
Standard 4
Standard 5

Secondary Schools

* Only for schools with 90% or higher vaccination rates. Otherwise, these classes must continue with rotation.

This applies to private and international schools as well.

No Rotation With Rotation
Special Needs (SMKPK/SMPKV/PPKI)
Remove Classes *
Form 4 *
Form 5 *
Form 6 *
Pre-University *
IBDP *
Equivalent International Exams *
Form 1
Form 2
Form 3

Schools With Fewer Than 300 Students

No Rotation
Daily and private schools, including expatriate schools
with enrolment of less than 300 students
Expatriate schools with more than 300 students can
apply to KPM to operate fully

Full Boarding Schools

Full boarding private schools are allowed to operate face-to-face classes without rotation.

No Rotation Online Class (PdPR)
Form 4
Form 5
Form 6
Pre-University
IBDP
Equivalent International Exams
Form 1
Form 2
Form 3

Vocational Colleges

No Rotation
Sijil Vokasional Malaysia
Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia
Sistem Latihan Dual Nasional
Diploma Vokasional Malaysia

Matriculation Colleges

No Rotation
4 Semester System : Only Semester 2 + 4
2 Semester System : Only Semester 2

Teachers Training Institutes

No Rotation
Program Persediaan Ijazah Sarjana Muda Perguruan
Program Ijazah Sarjana Muda Perguruan
Program Diploma Pascasiswazah Pendidikan
Program Diploma Perguruan Malaysia
Program Intervensi Tambah Opsyen

 

Other 2022 School Details For Malaysia!

In addition to the school rotation details, the Malaysia Ministry of Education (KPM) also announced that :

  • Students will be allowed to wear appropriate and neat clothes, if their existing school uniforms do not fit.
  • Parents or guardians can choose not to send their children to school – this is not considered a disciplinary offence.
    However, parents or guardians must inform the schools of that decision, for record purposes.
  • KPM will only announce on 3 January 2022, whether schools affected by floods can resume operations.

Read more : Updated Malaysia School Term Schedule + Holidays For 2022!

 

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Updated Malaysia School Term Schedule + Holidays For 2022!

The Ministry of Education just updated the school term schedule and holidays for Malaysia in 2022!

Here are the details…

 

2021/2022 Malaysia School Term Schedule

As detailed earlier, the year-end holiday will be shortened, and the 2021 academic year will be extended into February 2022.

On 24 December 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of Education (KPM) announced that the 2021/2022 school term will be postponed one week due to floods.

Read more : Malaysia School Term Postponed 1 Week Because Of Floods!

Here is the new 2021/2022 school term schedule for the year 2022, based on what we know so far :

Group A

Group A states are Johor, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu.

  • Year-end school holiday will take place from 10 December 2021 until 8 January 2022
  • 2021 academic year will continue from 9 January until 26 February 2022
  • The 3-week term holiday will be from 27 February until 27 March 2022
Group A Starts Ends Days
School Term 3 9 January 2022 24 February 2022 28
Term Holiday * 25 February 2022 20 March 2022 24

Group B

Group B states are Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Penang, Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putrajaya.

  • Year-end school holiday will take place from 11 December 2021 until 9 January 2022
  • 2021 academic year will continue from 10 January until 25 February 2022
  • The 3-week term holiday will be from 26 February until 20 March 2022
Group B Starts Ends Days
School Term 3 10 January 2022 25 February 2022 29
Term Holiday 26 February 2022 20 March 2022 23

 

2022/2023 Malaysia School Term Schedule

Right after the 3-week term holidays, schools will continue with the 2022 academic year in March 2022.

Group A

Group A states are Johor, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu.

  • Group A : 2022 academic year will last from 21 March 2022 until 11 March 2023
Group A School Starts School Ends Days
Term 1 21 March 2022 2 June 2022 48
Term 1 Holiday 3 June 2022 11 June 2022 9
Term 2 12 June 2022 1 September 2022 57
Term 2 Holiday 2 September 2022 10 September 2022 9
Term 3 Part 1 11 September 2022 8 December 2022 61
Term 3 Holiday 9 December 2022 31 December 2022 23
Term 3 Part 2 1 January 2023 16 February 2023 32
Year End Holiday 17 February 2023 11 March 2023 23

Group B

Group B states are Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Penang, Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putrajaya.

  • Group B : 2022 academic year will last from 21 March 2022 until 12 March 2023
Group B School Starts School Ends Days
Term 1 21 March 2022 3 June 2022 49
Term 1 Holiday 4 June 2022 12 June 2022 9
Term 2 13 June 2022 2 September 2022 58
Term 2 Holiday 3 September 2022 11 September 2022 9
Term 3 Part 1 12 September 2022 9 December 2022 60
Term 3 Holiday 10 December 2022 31 December 2022 22
Term 3 Part 2 3 January 2023 17 February 2023 31
Year End Holiday 18 February 2023 12 March 2023 23

 

Extra Holidays For 2022 + 2023 Malaysia School Term!

Here is the list of additional holidays for schools in Malaysia for the academic year of 2022 and 2023 :

Group A

Group A states are Johor, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu.

Festival Holidays Group A Notes
Chinese New Year 30 January to 2 February 2022 2 extra days
Hari Raya Aidilfitri 2 to 5 May 2022 2 extra days
Hari Deepavali 23 to 25 October 2022 2 extra days
Chinese New Year 22 to 24 January 2023 1 extra day

Group B

Group B states are Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Penang, Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putrajaya.

Festival Holidays Group B Notes
Chinese New Year 31 January to 3 February 2022 2 extra days
Hari Raya Aidilfitri 3 to 6 May 2022 2 extra days
Hari Gawai Dayak Only for Sarawak
1 to 3 June 2022
1 extra day
Hari Deepavali Except Sarawak
24 to 26 October
2 extra days
Only for Sarawak
24 October only
1 extra day
Chinese New Year 20 to 23 January 2023 1 extra day

 

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Malaysia School Term Postponed 1 Week Because Of Floods!

The Malaysia Ministry of Education just announced that the 2021/2022 school terms will be postponed 1 week after massive floods!

Here are the details…

 

Malaysia School Term Postponed 1 Week Because Of Floods!

As detailed earlier, the 2021 school term in Malaysia will be extended into February 2022, while the 2022 school term in Malaysia will begin in March 2022.

On 24 December 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of Education (KPM) announced that the 2021/2022 school term will be postponed one week.

They made this decision after many teachers, students and their families were affected by massive floods.

Note : KPM did not reveal when the 2021 school term will end, and whether they will maintain the 3-week term holiday in March 2022.

Read more : Latest Malaysia School Term Schedule + Holidays For 2022!

Here is the new 2021/2022 school term schedule for the year 2022, based on what we know so far :

Group A

Group A states are Johor, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu.

  • Year-end school holiday will take place from 10 December 2021 until 8 January 2022
  • 2021 academic year will continue from 9 January until 3 March 2022
  • If they maintain the 3-week term holiday, it will be from 4 March until 27 March 2022

Note : Until further notice, schools will likely continue rotation, so half the students may not return to class until 16 January 2021.

Group A School Starts School Ends Days
Term 3 9 January 2022 3 March 2022 36
Term Holiday 4 March 2022 27 March 2022 24

Group B

Group B states are Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Penang, Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putrajaya.

  • Year-end school holiday will take place from 11 December 2021 until 9 January 2022
  • 2021 academic year will continue from 10 January until 4 March 2022
  • If they maintain the 3-week term holiday, it will be from 5 March until 27 March 2022

Note : Until further notice, schools will likely continue rotation, so half the students may not return to class until 17 January 2021.

Group B School Starts School Ends Days
Term 3 10 January 2022 4 March 2022 36
Term Holiday 5 March 2022 20 March 2022 23

 

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Apple Education Discount Now Requires UNiDAYS Verification!

The little loophole is now closed – Apple education discount now requires UNiDAYS verification!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Apple Education Discount : Formerly Based On Trust + Audit

For many years now, savvy parents and techies have counted on the Apple education discount to get some financial relief on Mac computers and iPad tablets.

Ostensibly limited to teachers and staff of educational facilities, as well as college and university students, the Apple education discount programme was based on trust.

Anyone can go to the Apple Education page, and order a Mac computer or iPad tablet with (usually) a 10% discount. Apple doesn’t even ask you to prove your qualification for the education discount.

Instead, Apple performs random audits. If you cannot prove that you are an educator, or a college/university student, then they have the right to charge your credit card for the education discount you (illegally) received earlier.

 

Apple Education Discount Now Requires UNiDAYS Verification!

Sadly, it appears that Apple is moving away from the trust system, and is requiring verification through UNiDAYS in certain countries.

  • France
  • Germany
  • India
  • Italy
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Malaysia : Started on 15 December 2021
  • United Kingdom

Unlike the earlier Apple education discount programme, UNiDAYS verification greatly limits those who qualify for discounted Apple Mac computers and iPad tablets :

  • Students who are 16 years and above
  • Must be currently enrolled in the Sixth Form, a college or a university
  • Must have a personal institution email address (.edu email, for example), or a credit card-style student ID, issued by the school / college / university

The Good

Signing up for UNiDAYS has some advantages. It gives you access to discount programmes for other companies.

And students who sign up for UNiDAYS will get a free Apple Music student subscription in certain countries, which may even include Apple TV+ access!

The Bad

Parents cannot sign up and purchase for their children. Each student must sign up for their own UNiDAYS account.

If UNiDAYS cannot automatically verify your student credentials, it has a manual process but that could mean several days of delay to verify your account.

The Ugly

The UNiDAYS verification process blocks parents of younger students from getting the education discount.

Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, parents are forced to purchase tablets and laptops for their children’s online classes. While not entirely legit, the Apple education discount has helped many parents alleviate the high cost of providing each child with a tablet or computer.

While this verification process will help Apple cut down on fraud, I wish they would take the opportunity to open up the education discount programme to younger students.

That would really be a win-win situation – parents get a small but much appreciated discount, and Apple gets a head start on developing the next-generation of Apple users.

Until then, parents of younger children can “work around” this limitation, by asking a college / university student to help them make the purchase.

 

Countries Where Apple Education Discount Do Not Require UNiDAYS!

This switch to UNiDAYS verification for the Apple Education Discount programme appears to be a gradual process.

For now, these countries still do not require UNiDAYS verification :

  • Australia
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • China
  • Hong Kong
  • Ireland
  • Japan
  • Mexico
  • New Zealand
  • Philippines
  • Russia
  • Singapore
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • United States

So parents of younger children in those countries can still get the Apple Education discount, without jumping through the UNiDAYS hoop.

Pro Tip : When purchasing any Mac computer or iPad with the Apple Education discount, make sure you grab all the accessories you need at the same time, to get the discount as well.

 

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Seri Puteri School Cluster Shows COVID-19 Vaccine Working!

The Seri Puteri school cluster has now expanded to 139 positive cases, but what it really shows is how well the COVID-19 vaccine is working!

 

Seri Puteri School Cluster : A Quick Primer!

The Seri Puteri school cluster originated from a teacher who became symptomatic on 22 November 2021, and was confirmed positive two days later.

Screening of the teacher’s close contact detected another seven (7) cases – another teacher, and six (6) students. This was when it was called Kluster Persiaran Tasik (Lake Promenade Cluster).

All six students were sent to the MAEPS quarantine and treatment centre, while the two teachers were quarantined at home.

On 1-2 December 2021, the Sepang Health Department screened 763 students, teachers and school employees, and detected 131 cases.

In total, this COVID-19 cluster now has 139 cases (out of 946 people screened) :

  • 114 students
  • 15 teachers
  • 10 school employees

 

Seri Puteri School Cluster Shows COVID-19 Vaccine Working!

At first glance, the Seri Puteri school cluster appears to show that the COVID-19 vaccine has failed. After all. 139 people got infected despite being vaccinated against COVID-19.

But if you look at the data, it tells a different story…

According to the Health Minister, here’s the data on the first batch to be screened :

People screened : 451 (13 teachers, 1 employee, 437 students)
Positive cases : 73 (2 teachers, 71 students)

All teachers were fully-vaccinated.
All students (except four) were fully-vaccinated.

65 students were transferred to the MAEPS quarantine centre.
All positive cases are in Category 1 or Category 2A, all in stable condition.

The Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) then followed up with additional information :

All 139 cases in the Seri Puteri school cluster are in stable condition, and they are all in Category 1 and Category 2A (symptomatic but low risk).

If you didn’t catch it yet, here’s the reason why this school cluster shows just how effective the COVID-19 vaccine has been.

ALL COVID-19 cases in this cluster were either asymptomatic (Category 1) or mildly symptomatic (Category 2A).

That is a clear example of how the COVID-19 vaccine has protected all those who were infected from hospitalisation and death.

I wrote long ago that COVID-19 vaccine efficacy against infection does not matter as much as its protection against hospitalisation and death.

Yes, it would be nice if the vaccine prevents COVID-19 infection (and it does for many people), but its primary purpose is really to prevent hospitalisation and death.

In that respect, the COVID-19 vaccines are doing a brilliant job. So please make sure you vaccinate your kids to protect them against COVID-19!

Read more : Why COVID-19 Vaccine Efficacy Does NOT Matter!

 

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Did Henry Cavill Help Nephew Prove Superman Is His Uncle?

Was Henry Cavill forced to go to his nephew’s school to prove that Superman is really his uncle?!

Take a look at the viral story + video, and find out what the FACTS really are!

 

Did Henry Cavill Help Nephew Prove Superman Is His Uncle?

The Internet is abuzz with this cute story of Henry Cavill going to school to help his nephew, Thomas, prove that Superman is his uncle.

Whether they are posted on Facebook, or in “viral websites”, the story generally goes along these lines, with a picture of Henry Cavill walking his nephew to school :

The day Uncle Cavill had to prove his nephew was not a liar.

Little Thomas, aged only 7, went to school dressed as Superman and the teacher asked why he was dressed like this.

“Because Superman is my uncle,” he replied.

The teacher then explained that Superman didn’t exist, but Thomas insisted, repeating numerous times that he existed, and that he was his uncle. And the kid ended up at the office…

An officer was asked to see him, to warn the child not to live in a fantasy world.

As the doubt remained, she called her brother-in-law, asking him to go to school to “save” her nephew, who was radiant for all his little friends to see that he was really Superman’s nephew!

The news was confirmed in the last few hours by Cavill himself, reiterating that he had saved his nephew from a bad punishment, given his reputation for “telling lies”

 

Henry Cavill Did Not Help Nephew Prove Superman Is His Uncle!

As endearing as this story is, it was really fabricated from an old but true story from 2011.

Many websites resurrected this story to “go viral” and make money. Here are the facts…

Fact #1 : Henry Cavill Talked About It In 2013 + 2018

Henry Cavill actually recounted this incident back in June 2013 in an interview with Jay Leno on The Tonight Show.

He also told Kelly and Ryan this same story on their show in July 2018.

So all those viral and celebrity websites that claimed that Henry Cavill confirmed this “in the last few hours” lied to you.

Fact #2 : Superman Uncle Incident Happened In 2011

This incident involving his nephew, Thomas, actually happened in 2011 when Henry first learned that he would be playing Superman in Zack Snyder’s film.

Henry Cavill only recounted it in 2013, when he sat for his interview with Jay Leno. This was what he said :

“My nephew Thomas was so super excited… he ran to school. “

“Now keep in mind Thomas has got a great reputation for telling stories and just making up stuff to the teacher.”

He says, “Well, because my uncle is Superman,” and she’s like, “Oh okay, and she pulls him aside. He got in trouble. [She was like] “this is sad.”

Fact #3 : Henry Cavill Did NOT Go To His Nephew’s School

Thomas’ mother – Henry’s sister-in-law – then explained to the teacher that the boy’s uncle “actually kind of is” Superman.

She did not ask Henry to “rescue” Thomas, so he did not actually go to his nephew’s school to prove that Superman is really his uncle.

Fact #4 : They Were NOT Walking To His Nephew’s School

The creator(s) misappropriated one of photos to make it look as if Henry Cavill was walking his nephew to school to prove that his uncle really is Superman.

The truth is this was one of the photos taken of Henry, who was walking in London with his brother Niki and his family on 7 September 2013.

They were NOT going to school to rescue Thomas, that’s for sure!

Fact #5 : Thomas Was Not 7 Years Old When It Happened

Henry Cavill did not mention how old Thomas was when this “Superman is my uncle” incident happened. But in a May 2021 interview with Viva Magazine, he said,

I have two nephews, aged 6 and 4. The older is known for telling wild tales in school and telling lies invented all the time. During one of the classes, the teacher asked pupils to talk about their family members, and what they do professionally. Then, the boy said: “My uncle is Superman.”

So we know that Thomas was 6 years old in 2013, and not 7 years old in 2021 as many viral websites and memes are claiming.

We also know that the incident happened sometime between 2011 and 2013. So Thomas was likely between 4 and 6 years old when it happened.

Little Thomas should be a strapping 14 year-old teenager in 2021!

 

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School Canteen Can Reopen For Teachers + Support Staff!

The Malaysia Ministry of Education just announced that teachers and support staff will be allowed to eat at their school canteen!

 

School Canteen Can Reopen For Teachers + Support Staff!

School canteen operators can now breathe a sigh of relief!

On 18 October 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of Education (KPM) announced that teachers and support staff will be allowed to eat at their school canteen!

They made this decision based on the vaccination rate amongst teachers and support staff in schools. For the same reason, students are still NOT allowed to eat at their school canteen.

 

School Canteen SOP For Teachers + Support Staff

Here is the SOP detailed by KPM for teachers and support staff who wish to eat at their school canteen :

  • Only teachers and support staff who are FULLY VACCINATED, and NOT SYMPTOMATIC, are allowed to eat at their school canteen.
  • They are only allowed to eat in OPEN AREAS, and not in enclosed areas of the school canteen.
  • They must limit the time eating, and there must be no gathering, at the school canteen.
  • They must always practice the 3W COVID-19 precautions :
    – Wash their hands with water and soap or hand sanitiser
    – Wear a face mask, and
    – Warn everyone to maintain physical distance, and avoid greeting each other
  • Canteen operators must ensure that ALL employees are FULLY VACCINATED and NOT SYMPTOMATIC.
  • Canteen operators must limit dine-in to only 50% of each table’s capacity, with physical distancing of at least 1 metre.

Under the Ministry of Health’s definition, individuals are only considered fully-vaccinated if they meet these requirements :

  • More than 14 days after receiving both doses of the Pfizer, AstraZeneca or Sinovac vaccine.
  • More than 28 days after receiving a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson or Cansino vaccine.

 

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How Schools Will Reopen In New PPN Phase 3 + 4 States!

The states moving to PPN Phase 3 or Phase 4 will reopen their schools next month.

Frankly, it’s all quite confusing, but let’s try to break it down…

 

New PPN Phase 3 + 4 : Schools To Reopen In 2 Weeks

These states will be upgraded to PPN Phase 3 or Phase 4, starting Monday, 18 October 2021.

  • Kelantan, Penang, Sabah and Kedah will be upgraded from Phase 2 to Phase 3
  • Melaka and Klang Valley (KL, Selangor, Putrajaya) will be upgraded from Phase 3 to Phase 4

As per the earlier Ministry of Education announcement, schools in states that get upgraded to a new PPN phase will transition after two (2) weeks.

However, this means schooling will resume for some students only for a few weeks before the December school holidays begin…

 

How Schools Will Reopen In New PPN Phase 3 + 4 States!

The latest press release by the Ministry of Education is rather confusing, so here is a quick summary of what they’re trying to say :

PPN Phase 3 Schools

These students in PPN Phase 3 states can start face-to-face classes starting Monday, 1 November 2021 :

  • Pre-school students
  • Special needs students (MBK) in National Special Education Schools and Integrated Special Education Program
  • Form 6 Semester 2 students
  • Pre-University students in Malaysia Sports School (SSM)
  • Students studying for public exams in boarding school / day school / private school.
  • Students studying for international exams like IGCSE O-Level, A-Level, Australia Higher School Certificate and International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP) and other international exams.

This applies to both public and private schools registered under the Ministry of Education.

PPN Phase 4 Schools

These students in PPN Phase 4 states can start face-to-face classes starting Monday, 1 November 2021 :

  • Standard 1, 2 and 3 students
  • Form 3 and Form 4 students

These students in PPN Phase 4 states can start face-to-face classes starting Monday, 8 November 2021 :

  • Standard 4, 5 and 6 students
  • Remove class, Form 1 and Form 2 students

This applies to both public and private schools registered under the Ministry of Education.

 

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Kindergarten + Childcare Can Now Open In Phase 1 + 2!

Kindergarten and childcare operators can start reopening in PPN Phase 1 and 2 areas, with some caveats.

Here is what both business operators and parents need to know!

 

Kindergarten + Childcare Can Now Open In Phase 1 + 2!

On 17 September 2021, the government quietly released updated SOP documents that finally ALLOWED kindergarten, daycare and other childcare facilities to reopen in PPN Phase 1 and Phase 2 areas.

Officially, they were allowed to reopen from 17 September 2021 onwards, but they were encouraged to only start on 20 September 2021.

There are however, some caveats for both childcare operators and parents. So operators were allowed to opt-out of reopening, but they will have to discuss this matter with parents, or at least inform them.

 

Kindergarten + Childcare Restrictions In Phase 1 + 2!

The MKN SOP is short on details, but a kindergarten operator shared with us the list of restrictions on both operators and parents.

Limited To Working Parents

Only working parents are allowed to send their children to kindergarten, daycare and other childcare facilities.

  • Either parent is a frontliner
  • Both parents must go out to work *
  • One parent must go out to work *

* Those who are working from home (WFH) are not counted!

Working parents must submit a letter from their employer confirming that they must return to work to the kindergarten or childcare operator.

No Need For Prior Registration

Kindergarten and childcare operators do NOT need to apply for permission from the Ministry of Education.

They only need to issue their teachers a letter ordering them to return to work at their respective kindergarten or childcare facility.

Teacher Vaccination

Teachers who are fully vaccinated are ALLOWED to come to work, and conduct face-to-face teaching.

Teachers who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated are ALLOWED to come to work, but FORBIDDEN from conducting face-to-face classes, or contact with students.

Kindergarten and childcare operators must ensure that all of their employees can prove their vaccination status at any time.

COVID-19 Precautions

All students, teachers and other staff members are REQUIRED to wear a face mask.

All existing SOP like screening at the entrance, physical distancing, sanitisation procedures must continue to be practised.

Students who are symptomatic, or whose parents are symptomatic, are advised NOT to attend.

Students should maintain physical distance of at least 1 metre, preferably further if possible. If such physical distancing is not possible, then students should attend on a rotation basis.

Students are FORBIDDEN from sharing any equipment, including spoons, plates and cups.

The classroom and its equipment must be sanitised before and after each use. Its furniture must be arranged to ensure physical distancing.

Parents must bring their children to the childcare facility and back, without stopping at any other place.

Activities outside of the classroom are DISCOURAGED, but may be undertaken only within the compound of the kindergarten, daycare or childcare facility, with these precautions :

  • 1 metre physical distancing
  • wearing of face masks
  • proper sanitisation and cleaning of hands

Students are DISCOURAGED, but allowed to use outdoor sports or play equipment, but they must be sanitised before other students use them. For example, if a student uses a slide, the teacher must sanitise the slide before the next student uses it.

Parents who are unvaccinated are allowed to send their children to childcare facilities, unless they are symptomatic.

COVID-19 Positive Cases

Kindergarten and childcare operators must report to the Ministry of Health if any of their students and/or their parents test positive for COVID-19.

They will also need to update the Ministry of Education through the COVID-19 module in SMPK (System Maklumat PraSekolah Kebangsaan / National PreSchool Information System).

 

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Details Of 3 October Reopening Of Schools In Malaysia!

The Ministry of Education just announced HOW schools will reopen in Malaysia from 3 October 2021 onwards!

Here are the details…

 

Schools In Malaysia To Reopen From 3 October Onwards!

On 15 August 2021, the Minister of Education. Dr. Radzi Jidin announced that schools will only reopen from 3 October 2021 onwards.

The schools will reopen in stages, starting with exam year students in Form Five and Form Six.

He provided further clarification on 12 September 2021, confirming the following :

Phase 1

  • Education institutions remain closed, with only online learning.

Phase 2

  • Special needs students, Form 6 Semester 2 and IBD Year 2 students can attend school without rotation
  • Students taking IGCSE O-Level, A-Level, Australia Higher School Certificate and IBDP can attend school without rotation
  • All other students will continue with online learning.

Phase 3

  • Special needs students, preschool and kindergarten students, Form 6 Semester 2 and IBD Year 2 students can attend school without rotation
  • Students taking IGCSE O-Level, A-Level, Australia Higher School Certificate and IBDP can attend school without rotation
  • Students taking other international examinations can attend school with rotation.
  • Pre-University Program students in Malaysia Sports Schools, and students taking public examinations (SPM, SVM, STAM and STPM) in full boarding schools can attend school without rotation.
  • Students taking public examinations (SPM, SVM, STAM and STPM) in other schools can attend school with rotation.

Phase 4 (3 / 4 October)

  • Special needs students, preschool and kindergarten students, Form 6 Semester 2 and IBD Year 2 students can attend school without rotation
  • Students taking IGCSE O-Level, A-Level, Australia Higher School Certificate and IBDP can attend school without rotation
  • Students taking other international examinations can attend school with rotation.
  • Pre-University Program students in Malaysia Sports Schools, and students taking public examinations (SPM, SVM, STAM and STPM) in full boarding schools can attend school without rotation.
  • Students taking public examinations (SPM, SVM, STAM and STPM) in other schools can attend school with rotation.

Phase 4 (17 / 18 October)

  • Primary 1, 2 and 3 students can attend school with rotation.
  • Primary 4, 5 and 6 students will continue with online learning.
  • Special needs students, preschool and kindergarten students, Form 6 Semester 2 and IBD Year 2 students can attend school without rotation
  • Students taking IGCSE O-Level, A-Level, Australia Higher School Certificate and IBDP can attend school without rotation
  • Students taking other international examinations can attend school with rotation.
  • Pre-University Program students in Malaysia Sports Schools, and students taking public examinations (SPM, SVM, STAM and STPM) as well as Form 3 and 4 students in full boarding schools can attend school without rotation.
  • Students taking public examinations (SPM, SVM, STAM and STPM) as well as Form 3 and 4 students in other schools can attend school with rotation.

Phase 4 (10 / 11 December)

  • Primary 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 students can attend school with rotation.
  • Special needs students, preschool and kindergarten students can attend school without rotation.
  • IBD Year 2 students and Pre-University Program Sim 3 students in Malaysia Sports Schools can attend school without rotation.
  • All full boarding school students can attend school without rotation.
  • All other students, including private school, international school and expatriate school students, can attend school with rotation.

 

How Schools In Malaysia Will Reopen From 3 October Onwards!

On 12 September 2021, the Minister of Education. Dr. Radzi Jidin announced details of how schools in Malaysia will reopen from 3 October 2021 onwards!

Schools That Can Reopen For Face-To-Face Teaching

These are the schools that can reopen for face-to-face teaching, without restrictions :

  • Special Needs Students (MBK) in National Special Education Secondary School (SMKPK), Special Vocational Education Secondary School (SMPKV), National Special Education School (SKPK) and Special Education Integration Program (PPKI).
  • Form 6 Semester 2 and International Baccalaureate Diploma (IBD) Year 2 students
  • Students in full boarding schools
  • Students sitting for international examinations
  • Pre-school / kindergarten / mind development centres (4 to 6 years old)
  • Small schools with fewer than 150 students

All other schools will reopen only at 50% capacity, with students divided into two rotating groups :

  • Every class will be divided into two groups – Group A and Group B.
  • Each class group will alternate between face-to-face learning and online learning, on a weekly basis.

Shorter Year-End Holidays

Due to the disruption in studies, the year-end holiday will be shortened and take place from 10/11 December to 31 December 2021.

2021 School Year Extended To February 2022

The 2021 School Year will also be extended to March 2022.

The 2022 School Year will now begin in March 2022.

COVID-19 Precautions

The schools will adopt these COVID-19 precautions to reduce the risk to students attending classes :

  • Alternate seating arrangements
  • Improved aeration of classroom with use of fans
  • Wearing of face masks (preferably double-masks) within the school area
  • Students will eat in their classes, with teacher supervision
  • In air-conditioned classrooms, students will eat in open areas with teacher supervision.
  • Sports classes are allowed, with students wearing their exercise clothes at home.
  • Co-curriculum activities are FORBIDDEN
  • Symptomatic students are FORBIDDEN from attending school
  • If a student is found to be symptomatic in school, a COVID-19 screening test will be performed

Parental Choice

Parents and guardians are ALLOWED to opt-out from sending their children to school, without any disciplinary action.

They must, however, inform the school officially of that decision.

 

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Online Learning For Schools In Malaysia Extended To August!

The Malaysia Ministry of Education just announced that online learning for all schools will be extended until 31 August 2021!

Here are the details…

 

Online Learning For Schools In Malaysia Extended To August 2021!

On 17 July 2021, the Minister of Education. Dr. Radzi Jidin announced that all schools will remain closed, and that Teaching + Learning at Home (PdPR) classes would take place for another 37 days.

This directive includes all private, international and expatriate schools in Malaysia.

  • Group A : 25 July to 31 August 2021
  • Group B : 26 July to 31 August 2021

* Group A are the states of Johor, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu
** Group B are all the other states and federal territories

Starting from 1 September 2021, some students will be allowed to go back to school, for face-to-face learning.

  • Phase 2 states : students who will be sitting for examinations
  • Phase 3 states : all students in stages

 

Previous Online Learning School Schedule In Malaysia

On 8 June 2021, the Minister of Education. Dr. Radzi Jidin announced that all schools will remain closed, and that Teaching + Learning at Home (PdPR) classes would take place for another 25 days.

This directive includes all private, international and expatriate schools in Malaysia.

  • Group A : 13 June to 16 July 2021
  • Group B : 14 June to 17 July 2021

This will be followed by the mid-term holidays.

  • Group A : 16 July to 25 July 2021
  • Group B : 17 July to 26 July 2021

* Group A are the states of Johor, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu
** Group B are all the other states and federal territories

 

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Computer, Mobile, Book + Stationery Shops Can Reopen!

MKN just announced that they are allowing computer, mobile, book and stationery shops to reopen across the country!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Computer, Mobile, Book + Stationery Shops Can Reopen!

On 15 July 2021, the Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) announced that computer, mobile, book and stationery shops will be allowed to reopen.

This decision will apply across the country, to both Phase 1 and Phase 2 states, and apply from 16 July 2021 onwards.

They made this decision after taking into account feedback from students, parents as well as teachers, and to allow teachers and students to continue online learning (PdPR).

This news will be warmly welcomed by parents and teachers, who have been complaining about not being able to repair their computer or smartphone, or even purchase books and stationery.

They also allowed students to travel in and out of EMCO areas to take their exams, including professional exams, albeit with police permission.

 

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KL + Selangor EMCO 3.0 SOP : 7 July 2021 Edition!

Here is the latest SOP for the new EMCO 3.0 lockdown of KL and Selangor!

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Updated @ 2021-07-08 : Added new sectors allowed to open in Selangor.

Updated @ 2021-07-02 : Added a number of changes to the EMCO SOP for KL + Selangor
Originally posted @ 2021-07-01

 

KL + Selangor EMCO 3.0 SOP : Starts On 3 July 2021!

On 1 July 2021, the Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) announced that certain areas in KL and Selangor will come under EMCO lockdown with new SOP!

Selangor

The EMCO (Enhanced Movement Control Order) lockdown will last for 14 days, from 3 July until 16 July 2021 for these areas in Selangor :

  1. Petaling District : Petaling, Damansara, Sungai Buloh, Bukit Raja
  2. Hulu Langat District : Hulu Langat, Ampang, Cheras, Kajang, Semenyih, Beranang
  3. Sepang District : Dengkil, Labu, Sepang
  4. Gombak District : Batu, Rawang, Setapak, Hulu Kelang, Kuang
  5. Kuala Langat District : Tanjung 12 (1), Tanjung 12 (2), Teluk Panglima Garang, Morib, Bandar, Jugra, Batu
  6. Klang District : Kapar, Klang
  7. Kuala Selangor District : Ijok, Bestari Jaya, Jeram
  8. Hulu Selangor District : Serendah, Rasa, Ulu Yam, Batang Kali

Kuala Lumpur

The EMCO (Enhanced Movement Control Order) lockdown will last for 14 days, from 3 July until 16 July 2021 for these areas in Kuala Lumpur :

  1. Projek Perumahan Rakyat (PPR) Sri Semarak
  2. Projek Perumahan Rakyat (PPR) Batu Muda
  3. Flat Seksyen 2 Wangsa Maju
  4. Flat Seksyen 1 Wangsa Maju
  5. Kampung Padang Balang
  6. Taman Koperasi Polis (Fasa 1 & 2)
  7. Flat Sri Sabah
  8. Kampung Puah
  9. Projek Perumahan Rakyat (PPR) Kampung Baru Air Panas
  10. Flat Desa Pandan (Termasuk Baiduri & Delima)
  11. Kampung Batu Muda
  12. Projek Perumahan Rakyat (PPR) Kerinchi
  13. Bandar Baru Sentul
  14. Taman Ikan Emas

 

KL + Selangor EMCO 3.0 SOP Video : 2 July 2021 Edition!

This video shows the latest MKN EMCO 3.0 SOP slides (2 July 2021), followed by our English translation.

Please note that this new EMCO SOP will only be effective starting 3 July 2021.

 

KL + Selangor EMCO 3.0 SOP List : 7 July 2021 Edition!

This is the new EMCO / PKPD SOP that was updated on 7 July 2021.

Travel Restrictions

  • All entry and exit into EMCO areas will be closed and controlled by the police (PDRM).
  • All residents in EMCO areas are FORBIDDEN to leave their house.
  • Only one (1) household representative may leave to purchase essential supplies within a radius of 10 kilometres.
  • Up to three (3) people, including the patient, may leave to seek healthcare, medical care or vaccination. Updated!
  • Interstate and inter-district travel for the purpose of going for vaccination is ALLOWED by showing the appointment in MySejahtera, website or SMS.
  • Individuals under home quarantine – Home Surveillance Order (HSO) – are FORBIDDEN to leave their homes.
  • No one is allowed to leave their homes after 8 PM, except for emergencies or with police permission.
  • Only one (1) person is allowed in each personal vehicle (of all types). Additional passenger requires police permission, on a case-to-case basis.
  • Vehicles carrying goods or involved in the economic chain or industry (except worker transportation) is allowed to travel at full capacity.
  • Official and government vehicles are allowed to travel at full capacity.
  • Public transportation (train, bus, LRT, MRT, ERL, monorail, taxi, ferry, e-hailing ride) are allowed to operate at 50% capacity.
  • Taxis and e-hailing rides are limited to just TWO (2) people in the vehicle, including the driver.
  • Airports and ports are ALLOWED to operate as normal.
  • Only essential services, like utilities, cleaning and sewerage, are allowed to operate from 8 AM until 8 PM.
  • Only workers providing essential services or those conducting official government work, with employer’s letter or valid worker’s pass, are allowed to work.
  • Only workers in essential services and factories and permitted business premises can use MITI permission letters that were issued earlier.
  • Non-essential workers are FORBIDDEN to leave EMCO areas, and are FORBIDDEN to work during EMCO. Employers must comply with this rule, and allow employees to work from home.
  • Residents are allowed to leave EMCO areas for emergencies like sickness or death, with police permission. Consideration will be granted by PDRM and KKM based on a case-to-case basis.
  • Travel for purposes not listed in the SOP requires police permission.

Business Activities

  • Restaurants, eateries, food trucks, roadside vendors, mobile vendors, food courts, hawker centres, food stalls and food kiosks are ALLOWED to operate from 8 AM until 8 PM.
  • Food and drinks are only allowed to be purchased through take-away, drive-through and delivery.
  • Dine-in and park & dine services are FORBIDDEN.
  • Groceries, convenience stores, stores selling daily essentials are ALLOWED to operate from 8 AM until 8 PM.
  • Supermarkets and hypermarkets are ALLOWED to operate, limited to the food, drinks and essential supplies sections only, from 8 AM until 8 PM.
  • Hospitals, clinics and medical laboratories are ALLOWED to operate up to 24 hours, or according to their licence.
  • Pharmacies, medicine shops, veterinaries, pet food stores are ALLOWED to operate from 8 AM until 8 PM.
  • Petrol stations are ALLOWED to operate from 6 AM until 8 PM, except for those on tolled highways which can operate 24 hours.
  • Wholesale markets are ALLOWED to operate from 12:01 AM until 6 AM.
  • Public markets, permanent farmer’s markets (PTK) and MyFarm Outlets (MFO) are ALLOWED to operate from 6 AM until 2 PM.
  • Daily markets, morning markets, farmer’s markets, night markets, late night bazaars are FORBIDDEN.
  • Critical maintenance, repairs and wiring works are ALLOWED on appointment basis. New!
  • Vaccination centres in EMCO areas are ALLOWED to operate.
  • All educational institutes must CLOSE during EMCO.
  • All sports, social, recreational and cultural activities are FORBIDDEN.
  • Quarantine-based centralised training programmes for teams in the Malaysian Football League (MFL) are ALLOWED using Camp Based Training.
  • Government and private face-to-face meetings are FORBIDDEN.
  • KKM will conduct targeted screening tests on all residents in EMCO areas.
  • Food assistance from NGO / company / individual must be channeled through the District Disaster Management Committee coordinated under the District or State Disaster Operational Control Centres.

Religion

  • Islamic religious activities are subject to the decision of the State Religious Authority.
  • Non-Islamic religious activities are subject to the decision of the Ministry of National Unity (KPN).

Children Care

  • Childcare, private kindergartens and kindergartens in private, international and expatriate schools, and enrichment centres for children aged 4 to 6 years old are FORBIDDEN to operate, except for children whose both parents or guardians are frontliners or working in essential services.
  • Residential care centers or rehabilitation centers for children with disabilities (OKU), female senior citizens and other care centers are ALLOWED to operate in accordance to the SOP.
  • Parents or guardians sending their children to a childcare center are ALLOWED to drive with as many children as the vehicle capacity allows.

Essential Services

  • Government office operations in EMCO areas are subject to the instructions of the Chief Secretary to the Government during Phase 1 of the Movement Control Order.
  • Civil servants in essential services are limited to 20% (not including frontliners, security and defence personnel).
  • Government counter services are closed completely, except :
    a) health services
    b) police station
    c) international entry gateways involving customs, immigration and quarantine.
  • The number of workers in the private sector providing essential services is limited to 60% (including operations and management).

General Health Protocol

  • Licence holders and premise owners must ensure that customers must maintain physical distance of at least 1 metre entering or leaving their premises.
  • Licence holders and premise owners must provide MySejahtera QR code and a manual logbook to register customers.
  • Hand sanitiser must be provided at the entrance, and customers must use it before entering.
  • The use of MySejahtera is mandatory is areas with good Internet connectivity. The use of logbook is only allowed in areas with no Internet connectivity, or other reasonable excuse.
  • Licence holders and premise owners must ensure that customers and workers check in using MySejahtera. or the manual logbook if there’s no Internet connectivity.

List Of Essential Services Updated!

A. Manufacturing Sector

  • Dry Food : sugar, cooking oil, flour, rice, break, milk products, grains, milk powder, biscuits, sardine, instant noodles, condensed milk, evaporated milk, salt, vermicelli, noodles, sauces, soy sauce, spices, baby food, animal food
  • Frozen Food : chicken, beef, mutton, seafood, vegetables
  • Drinks : mineral water, chocolate malt, coffee, tea, fresh milk
  • Self-care : baby diapers, adult diapers, medicines, hand sanitiser, face mask
  • Aerospace : Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO)
  • Machinery and equipment (M&E) : only for the production of healthcare and food products
  • Electrical and electronics (E&E) : including its supply chains

* Only involves packaging, labelling and transportation

B. Service Sector

  • Water, electricity and energy
  • Healthcare
  • Banking
  • Veterinary and animal feed
  • Security (security and safety), defence, emergency, welfare and humanitarian aid
  • Land, water and air transportation
  • Shipyard and airport port services and operations, including unloading and cargo handling, lighter transport, piloting and storage or stockpiling of commodities
  • Hotels and lodging (only for the purpose of quarantine, segregation, essential service work and not for tourism)
  • Communications include media, telecommunications and the internet, post and courier as well as broadcasting (for the purpose of conveying news, information and the like)
  • Cleaning, solid waste management and sewerage
  • Information technology and E-commerce (for messaging and deliveries only).
  • Delivery of food, beverage and parcel, including p-hailing (parcel hailing)

* Any activity that is part of chain in this service sector list.

EMCO SOP NEGATIVE LIST

  • All economic sectors, other than those listed in A. Manufacturing Sector and B. Services Sector in the Essential Services list.
  • All entertainment activities are FORBIDDEN.
  • All sports and recreational activities are FORBIDDEN. Public parks must close.
  • All tourism activities in and out, or inside EMCO areas are FORBIDDEN.
  • All official or unofficial public or private events, and any kind of social events are FORBIDDEN.
  • All forms of face-to-face seminars, courses, training, classes or any other educational or learning activities are FORBIDDEN.

 

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Warning : Viral SPM 2020 Grading Scale Is Misleading!

Please be warned that the viral picture of the SPM 2020 grading scale is misleading! Here are the FACTS!

 

Viral SPM 2020 Grading Scale On Facebook + WhatsApp

A picture of the purported SPM 2020 grading scale has gone viral on Facebook and WhatsApp.

In particular, a post by MamaMia Mia on 11 June 2021 went viral and caught the attention of the Malaysia Ministry of Education (KPM).

In her post, MamaMia Mia commented, “This is why I found it odd that the kids today are getting rows of As“.

She then edited the post, adding “I don’t know where this grading scale came from. People are just sharing them. Even if they deny it, there is no evidence of the truth. The effort of children studying isn’t the issue. It’s the fact that every year the minister will claim that their batch is the best. Suspicious.

 

Viral SPM 2020 Grading Scale Is Misleading!

The grading scale is often shared without any explanation, so many people assume it’s the actual SPM 2020 grading scale.

But a closer look at the title will show that the chart is actually for the 2020 SPMRSM exams – the SPM trial examinations for MRSM (Maktab Rendah Sains MARA) – MARA Junior Science College in English.

It is said that MRSM trial examinations for SPM are tougher than the actual SPM examinations, so it is plausible that they would use a lower grading scale.

KPM has since issued a press release calling it misleading, and even lodged a police report over the post.

 

KPM Press Release On Viral SPM 2020 Grading Scale

This is our English translation of the official KPM press release on the viral SPM 2020 grading scale.

DENIAL OF SPM GRADING SCALE ON FACEBOOK

The Malaysia Ministry of Education (KPM) would like to refer to the post on MamaMia Mia’s Facebook page on 11 June 2021 regarding the ‘SPM Grading Scale’ with the caption “That’s why I feel it’s weird kids are now getting rows of As.” and “#bilasekolahdipolitikkan” (#whenschoolsarepoliticised) which is now viral.

We stress that the ‘SPM Grading Scale’ that has gone viral does not belong to the KPM Examination Board. The ‘SPM Grading Scale’ is presented as if it is the actual marking grade of SPM in 2020 and can confuse the public, especially parents and candidates for the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination in 2020. The post tarnishes the image, authority and credibility of the Examination Board as the national assessment body and threatens public order.

The Examination Board lodged a police report at 10.31pm on 11 June 2021, as well as a report to the Communications and Multimedia Commission for further investigation.

Malaysia Ministry of Education
11 June 2021

 

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SPM 2021 Exams Delayed To February + March 2022!

The Malaysia Ministry of Education just announced that the SPM 2021 examinations have been postponed to February and March 2022!

Here is what you need to know!

 

Online Learning For All Schools In Malaysia Until July 2021!

On 8 June 2021, the Minister of Education. Dr. Radzi Jidin announced that all schools will remain closed, and that Teaching + Learning at Home (PdPR) classes would take place for another 25 days.

This directive includes all private, international and expatriate schools in Malaysia.

  • Group A : 13 June to 16 July 2021
  • Group B : 14 June to 17 July 2021

This will be followed by the mid-term holidays.

  • Group A : 16 July to 25 July 2021
  • Group B : 17 July to 26 July 2021

* Group A are the states of Johor, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu
** Group B are all the other states and federal territories

All-in-all, the schools would be closed for another 49 days (7 weeks).

At least a week before the end of the mid-term holidays, the Ministry of Education will announce whether the schools will reopen, or online learning will continue.

 

SPM 2021 Exams Delayed To February + March 2022!

The Minister also announced that the SPM 2021 examinations have been postponed to 2022 :

  • Oral examinations and science practical tests will be rescheduled to February 2022
  • Written examinations will be rescheduled to March 2022 *

* This includes SVM (Sijil Vokasional Malaysia) examinations.

 

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CERDIK Initiative : Only ⅓ Laptops Distributed By June 2021!

The CERDIK Initiative is off to a very slow start, with just ⅓ of the laptops or tablets to be distributed by 12 June 2021!

Here are the details…

 

CERDIK Initiative : What Is It?

The CERDIK Initiative, which started in February 2021, aimed to provide low-income B40 families with a laptop or tablet and Internet access for a year.

This initiative is fully financed by GLCs (Government-Linked Companies) and GLICs (Government-Linked Investment Companies), with contributions of about RM 150 million (USD 37 million).

Yayasan Hasanah – the Khazanah foundation selected to be its secretariat – will manage the initiative which aims to distribute 150,000 laptops or tablets to students from B40 families across the country.

The laptop / tablet (with 1 year of Internet connectivity) will be distributed to schools, and students will retain them until they complete their education.

 

CERDIK Initiative : Only ⅓ Laptops Distributed By June 2021!

Even though the CERDIK Initiative kicked off in February 2021, they only managed to distribute 12,887 devices to 95 schools in 51 districts by 5 June 2021.

The Minister of Education. Dr. Radzi Jidin said that another 40,290 devices will be distributed by 12 June 2021.

He estimates that the remaining 96,823 devices will be fully distributed by end of September 2021.

As you can tell, the CERDIK Initiative is off to a very slow start, and students from low-income B40 families are going to suffer.

Students have been learning online (PdPR) since mid May 2021. Until they get these devices and Internet connectivity, students from B40 families will have trouble joining those classes and keeping up.

If these students end up getting their devices in August and September, they would only be able to learn for a few weeks before the school term ends in November!

 

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Online Learning For All Schools In Malaysia Until July 2021!

The Malaysia Ministry of Education just announced that online learning for all schools will be extended until July 2021!

Here are the details…

 

Current Online Learning School Schedule In Malaysia

On 26 April 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of Education announced that schools will be closed, and students would study online for two weeks in May :

  • Group A : 16 to 27 May 2021
  • Group B : 17 to 28 May 2021

This was followed by the 2-week mid-year term holidays.

  • Group A : 28 May to 12 June 2021
  • Group B : 29 May to 13 June 2021

All-in-all, the schools would be closed for 37 days (5 weeks and 2 days).

 

Online Learning For All Schools In Malaysia Until July 2021!

On 8 June 2021, the Minister of Education. Dr. Radzi Jidin announced that all schools will remain closed, and that Teaching + Learning at Home (PdPR) classes would take place for another 25 days.

This directive includes all private, international and expatriate schools in Malaysia.

  • Group A : 13 June to 16 July 2021
  • Group B : 14 June to 17 July 2021

This will be followed by the mid-term holidays.

  • Group A : 16 July to 25 July 2021
  • Group B : 17 July to 26 July 2021

* Group A are the states of Johor, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu
** Group B are all the other states and federal territories

All-in-all, the schools would be closed for another 49 days (7 weeks).

At least a week before the end of the mid-term holidays, the Ministry of Education will announce whether the schools will reopen, or online learning will continue.

Here is a better look at the slide.

 

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MCO 3.0 U-Turn : Kindergartens, Childcare Can Open Again!

In yet another U-turn, the Malaysian government ordered kindergartens and childcare centres to close and within 24 hours, allowed them to open again in MCO areas!

Find out what is the latest U-turn in MCO restrictions by the Malaysian government!

 

MCO 3.0 U-Turn : Kindergartens, Childcare Can Open Again!

On 9 May 2021, the Ministry of Education issued a notice to all kindergartens, pre-schools, childcare centres, international schools in MCO areas, ordering to IMMEDIATELY cease operation until 6 June 2021.

Parents had to rush over to collect their children, because all those pre-school operators were asked to close right away.

The notice only affected private operators, as government childcare centres under the Welfare department were allowed to continue operating.

Then on 10 May 2021, the Prime Minister of Malaysia announced that MCO restrictions across the nation, but also stated that kindergartens, daycare and childcare centres are ALLOWED to operate during MCO 3.0.

On kindergartens and childcare centres, the Malaysian government came into a full circle – two U turns in just over 24 hours. Remarkable.

 

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Selangor Schools + Ramadan Bazaars To Close!

All schools and Ramadan bazaars in Selangor have been ordered to close, in line with the new MCO measures.

Here are the details…

 

All Selangor Schools Ordered To Close For 2 Days!

The day after the Malaysian government announced MCO measures for 6 districts in Selangor, the Selangor state education department ordered all schools to close for 2 days.

Therefore, all schools in Selangor will shut down on Thursday, 6 May 2021 and Friday, 7 May 2021. After that, the extended Hari Raya holidays begins on 8 May 2021.

Effectively, the schools are set to close for some 39 days, in an effort to break the COVID-19 chain of infection.

Boarding school students who were allowed to return home for the Hari Raya holidays can do so, but they are asked to follow the schedule set by the Ministry of Education.

 

All Ramadan Bazaars In Selangor MCO Districts To Close From 8 May!

The Selangor state government also announced that all Ramadan bazaars in the six MCO districts must close from Saturday, 8 May 2021 onwards.

The government chose to offer a small grace period to allow bazaar operators and traders the chance to clear their existing stock.

 

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Ryan’s Autism Journey – Be The Miracle!

In support of Autism Awareness Month, I want to share with all of you – Ryan’s Autism Journey, and how your child can be the miracle too!

Updated @ 2021-05-05 : Added credit to the great therapists who helped Ryan, and more of my thoughts.

Originally posted @ 2021-04-30

 

Ryan’s Autism Journey : Be The Miracle!

It’s been a full decade since my son, Ryan, was diagnosed with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder), just 3 months shy of his second birthday.

Today, he’s like any other kid his age. He goes to a normal school, keeps up with his studies, and can interact with people pretty normally.

Take a look at how Ryan went from being completely non-verbal, with poor motor skills and no eye contact, to the boy he is today.

Look at how far he has come along in the last 10 years. Your child too can become your miracle!

 

Ryan’s Autism Journey : How He Became Our Miracle!

I’m sorry, but your child exhibits behaviours consistent with the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

That is something no parent ever wants to hear. That is something no parent deserves to hear. But it is what it is.

It would explain his inability to speak or stay still, his lack of eye contact, repetitive behaviours, screaming fits at night (night terrors), etc.

Acceptance

IMHO, acceptance was KEY to our success.

Over the years, many people confided in me how their friends or relatives refused to acknowledge the diagnosis, which prevents them from moving to the next stage – helping the child.

If it helps, ignore the label. The diagnosis really doesn’t matter.

All you need to know is that your child is missing key milestones, and he/she needs help. That is all that matters.

Every Day Counts

Everyone goes through the stages of grief when you get the diagnosis. But time is of essence. Every day counts.

So I decided right away to speed right through to acceptance, and get right down to work.

That meant reading up on the latest studies and treatments, and getting urgent referrals to the best doctors and therapists in the area.

It may be somewhat easier for me, because I already underwent a similar baptism of fire when my wife had two strokes just 1.5 years earlier.

So I would understand if you may have trouble moving past this stage. If I may offer a personal suggestion, try focusing on the fact that your child urgently needs your help.

How can we not fight for Ryan???

Neuroplasticity

It soon became clear that the key was THERAPY, and the earlier he started, the better; because young brains are especially “plastic”

Neuroplasticity – the ability of our brains to “rewire” itself – is how stroke patients regain function through therapy, and it’s the same reason why therapy works in children with ASD.

The key is to start therapy as early as possible, to take advantage of the developing brain of young children, which is highly plastic.

You don’t even have to wait for a diagnosis. As our developmental paediatrician, Dr. Rajini Sarvananthan, once told me – as long as a child has developmental issues, therapy should begin.

Recommended : Autism + Special Needs Q&A With Dr. Rajini Sarvananthan

The writer with Dr. Rajini Sarvananthan

Therapy, Therapy, Therapy

We put Ryan on occupational therapy with Madam Teo Lee Fun to work on his sensory and behavioural issues, as well as his fine and gross motor skills.

We also put Ryan on speech therapy with Dr. Cindy Lian, to help him learn to speak, and later, to improve his pronunciation.

Finally, we managed to get a slot in an Early Intervention Programme – Bridges EIP – for two hour sessions, twice a week.

This is an incredibly useful programme, where special need kids are taught cognitive skills at the table for about 30 minutes, followed by 15-20 minutes of gross motor activities.

Then they learn to eat by themselves, and interact with other children during snack time. After that, they usually have some kind of art and craft activity, and end with singing.

Many thanks to great teachers like Jeremy Yong, Rachel and Lois Fu!

Therapy Is Brain Exercise

Therapy is literally brain exercise. The harder you exercise, the better you get.

The weekly therapy sessions alone are NOT ENOUGH.

We not only made sure we do not skip therapy sessions, we made sure we attended every session ourselves.

Why? So that we can learn to perform the same therapies, and repeat them at home. The key is to repeat, repeat, repeat at home.

Even if you are rich enough to afford daily sessions, that still amounts to just a few hours a week. It cannot beat parents teaching their kids at home too.

Don’t Give Up

Looking back at my records now, it looks like Ryan did not improve much for quite some time – at least 1.5 years.

But I never considered stopping his therapies, even as I watched other parents give up to try alternative treatments.

As expensive in money and time as they are – I attended most of them, and we repeated the therapies at home – I understood that therapies are literally the only proven treatment for ASD.

Then suddenly, Ryan started to show improvements, and by golly, when that happened, it just kept snowballing.

In just 1.5 years, he went from speaking a few words with awkward motor skills, to normal speech and mastering the waveboard in just two weeks!

He improved so much, we ended up sending him to a Chinese school – to keep pushing the envelope.

He is now in a public school, where he even won an award for being the most improved student in his class!

Don’t Chase After Miracles!

To parents with children on the spectrum, please don’t fall for what’s easy and what’s miraculous.

Biomedical treatments that promise quick solutions, or supplements that promise a fast cure – they are all enticing, I’m sure.

But don’t listen to what they have to sell. Find out what WORKS, and seek advice from those who actually SUCCEEDED.

Don’t chase after miracles. BE THE MIRACLE!

No Special Treatment

This is not part of therapy, it’s just common sense.

Don’t pamper or coddle your child, or treat him/her differently from the other siblings.

We made the conscious choice of making sure Ryan is treated no differently from his siblings.

Not only is he FULLY VACCINATED, he has NO SPECIAL DIET / SUPPLEMENTS, and certainly NO PASSES for bad behaviour.

We are not going to be here forever. If we want him to be fully independent as an adult, he has to learn to eat, drink and behave like everyone else.

 

Ryan’s Autism Journey : Why It’s Important To Speak Up

While we are still working with him on his social skills, it truly is amazing how far we have come in the last ten years.

I spent hours creating the video and writing this article, because it is important for those who have succeeded to lend a hand, and help those who are struggling to understand ASD, much less cope with the enormity of the task at hand.

I hope Ryan’s journey will inspire all of you to persevere and trust in the evidence, trust in the science.

He did it, and so can your child.

All we ask is that when you succeed, you too will lend a helping hand to other parents, and a voice for other children on the spectrum.

Thank you!

 

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SMK Bandar Utama Damansara 4 Closed For 2 Days!

Parents were just informed, at the last minute, that SMK Bandar Utama Damansara 4 was ordered to close for 2 days, to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Here is what we know so far….

 

SMK Bandar Utama Damansara 4 Closed For 2 Days!

At approximately 9:30 PM, the principal of SMK Bandar Utama Damansara 4 sent out a WhatsApp message, informing the parents that the school would be closed for TWO (2) days, starting tomorrow.

On orders from the Selangor State Education Department, SMK Bandar Utama Damansara will be closed on Tuesday 4 May 2021 and Wednesday, 5 May 2021.

The teachers will instead conduct online teaching and learning classes for their students during these two days.

 

SMK Bandar Utama Damansara 4 Closure : WhatsApp Message

Here is the original WhatsApp message, and our English translation, on the closure of SMK Bandar Utama Damansara 4 over their COVID-19 exposure.

(03/05/2021)

MAKLUMAN: PENUTUPAN SEKOLAH

Ibu bapa yang dihormati,

Adalah dimaklumkan pihak sekolah telah mendapat arahan daripada Jabatan Pendidikan Negeri Selangor untuk menutup premis bagi kawalan perebakan penyakit berjangkit. Surat rasmi akan menyusul dari JPN.

Oleh itu sekolah akan DITUTUP berkuatkuasa esok, 04 MEI 2021 (SELASA) sehingga 05 MEI 2021 (RABU).

Sepanjang penutupan sekolah, sesi Pengajaran dan Pembelajaran di Rumah (PdPr) semua murid akan diteruskan secara online. Jadual PdPr adalah mengikut jadual waktu kelas sekarang. Mohon ibu bapa dapat memantau dan memastikan anak-anak hadir kelas pembelajaran online selama tempoh penutupan sekolah ini.

Maklumat terkini akan dikemaskini melalui saluran rasmi ini.

Harap maklum.

Terima kasih.

#kitajagakita
#patuhSOP

AINI WARDIAH ADENAN
Pengetua, SMKBUD4

(03/05/2021)

NOTICE: SCHOOL CLOSURE

Dear parents,

Please be informed that the school has received instructions from the Selangor State Education Department to close the premises to control the spread of infectious diseases. An official letter will be issued by JPN.

Therefore, the school will be CLOSED effective tomorrow, 04 MAY 2021 (TUESDAY) until 05 MAY 2021 (WEDNESDAY).

Throughout the school closure, Home Teaching and Learning (PdPr) sessions for all students will continue online. The PdPr schedule is according to the current class schedule. Parents please monitor and ensure that your children attend online learning classes during the school closure.

The latest information will be updated through this official channel.

Please take note.

Thank you.

#kitajagakita
#patuhSOP

AINI WARDIAH ADENAN
Principal, SMKBUD4

 

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UPSR Abolished! PT3 Exams Cancelled This Year!

The Malaysia Mnister of Education just announced that UPSR is permanently abolished, and the PT3 examinations are cancelled this year!

 

UPSR Abolished! PT3 Exams Cancelled This Year!

On 28 April 2021, the Malaysia Mnister of Education, Datuk Dr. Radzi Jidin announced that UPSR is permanently abolished, and the PT3 examinations are cancelled this year!

  • UPSR is abolished from 2021 onwards
  • PASR (Primary School Alternative Assessment) for special needs children is also abolished
  • Entry into Form 1 (secondary school) will be based on school assessments
  • Entry into Form 1 of boarding schools will be based on PKSK (Special School Admission Assessment)
  • PT3 exams is cancelled for 2021, but not abolished
  • Form 3 students will be assessed by their schools or through PKSK.

 

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Schools Closed For 2 Weeks After Extended Raya Holidays!

The Malaysia Ministry of Education just announced that the Raya holidays will be extended, and schools will be closed for two weeks after that!

Here are the details…

 

Schools Closed For 2 Weeks After Extended Raya Holidays!

On 26 April 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of Education made two major announcements that are meant to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infections in schools, which have been on the rise.

Extended Raya Holidays

Hari Raya Aidilfitri holidays were originally scheduled to start on Tuesday, 11 May 2021.

However, the Ministry of Education has decided to bring forward the Raya holidays, extending it :

  • Group A : 7 to 15 May 2021
  • Group B : 8 to 16 May 2021

* Group A are the states of Johor, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu
** Group B are all the other states and federal territories

Schools Closed For 2 Weeks

After the Raya holidays, the schools will remain closed for another two weeks.

Instead, the teachers will conduct Teaching + Learning at Home (PdPR) classes for those two weeks :

  • Group A : 16 to 27 May 2021
  • Group B : 17 to 28 May 2021

After that will be the 2-week mid-year term holidays.

  • Group A : 28 May to 12 June 2021
  • Group B : 29 May to 13 June 2021

All-in-all, the schools will be closed for 37 days (5 weeks and 2 days).

 

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