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COVID-19 Brunei: BruHealth app not required for students, guardians to enter school (2020)

BY Izah Azahari

Minister of Education Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hamzah bin Haji Sulaiman said students and guardians do not need to use the BruHealth app prior to entering school premises.

The minister said this during a press conference at the Al-‘Afiah Hall of the Ministry of Health (MoH) on Thursday. He said it will only be required for the school’s teachers and staff. He added that all schools under the Ministry of Education (MoE) have already registered in preparation for June 2.

As some parents are still not confident in letting their children go to school, the minister said consultation is needed between parents or guardians with school leaders.

“Although we will begin the face-to-face session, the MoE plans for the continuation of online learning to operate even after COVID-19 ends,” said the minister. “Online learning is here to stay. It is in the ministry’s plans for life-long learning requiring both face-to-face and online learning.”

The minister added that what can be done with the current situation is that students come to school for four days of face-to-face learning and one-day of home-based online learning. This is in-line with the ministry’s plans.

“One positive thing at the moment is that online teaching and learning are improving. So, let’s reinforce and use it. This is a new era of education that we have to work on and implement,” added the minister.

The minister said the reopening of tuition schools and the like will be reviewed and announced later.

-- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin


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