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Covid-19: Agong joins students, teachers to check on SOPs of reopened schools

Malaysian King, Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah.

Zaidi Azmi
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KUALA LUMPUR – June 26, 2020: Students and teachers of Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Danau Kota today played host to very special guests – the Malaysian king and his prince.

The visit, according to Istana Negara’s post on Instagram was because the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah was concerned over the safety of the students and teachers since the reopening of schools two days ago.

The King had wanted to personally observe the Covid-19 standard operating procedures (SOPs) set by the authorities at the schools.

Like everyone else, when he and his son, Tengku Muhammad Iskandar, arrived at the school at 10am,, they had their temperature checked and hands sanitised via a step-on sanitiser dispenser that was invented by one of the students at the school.

Sultan Abdullah and Tengku Muhammad were then briefed on the Education Ministry’s schools reopening management guidelines along the new norms that teachers, students, and parents need to adhere.

Apart from visiting the school canteen, science lab and sewing workshop, Sultan Abdullah had also joined several students to eat in the classroom during recess time.

“His Majesty also advised teachers and students alike to continue adapting to the new normal, observing social distancing, maintaining discipline and personal hygiene, and being compliant with the SOPs during or outside the school hours,” said Istana Negara Comptroller of Royal Household Datuk Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin in the Instagram post.

“For other students who also miss seeing their teachers and friends but yet to be allowed to return to school, the King hopes that they will be patient for the time being,” he said.

The gradual reopening of Malaysian school started on Wednesday with 500,444 fifth and sixth formers from 2,440 schools nationwide being allowed to start classes for the first time since the Covid-19 lockdown on March 18.

The students are candidates for this year’s major annual examinations such as the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia, Sijil Vokasional Malaysia and Sijil Tingga Agama Malaysia.

Also present during the visit was Education Minister Datuk Dr Radzi Jidin.

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26 Jun 2020 – KDYMM Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong berkenan meninjau sesi pembelajaran secara bersemuka di Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Danau Kota di Setapak hari ini. Turut berangkat sama, anakanda Baginda YAM Tengku Arif Bendahara Tengku Muhammad Iskandar Ri’ayatuddin Shah. Turut hadir semasa sesi lawatan tersebut YB Menteri Kanan Pendidikan, Dr. Radzi Jidin. Seri Paduka Baginda berkenan mengadakan lawatan kerja ke Sekolah tersebut bagi meninjau pembukaan semula sesi persekolahan yang bermula sejak dua hari lalu (24 Jun, 2020). Keberangkatan Seri Paduka Baginda mencerminkan keprihatinan tinggi Baginda terhadap keselamatan dan kesihatan para guru dan murid sekolah di seluruh Malaysia yang kembali bertugas dan belajar secara bersemuka setelah hampir tiga bulan sekolah-sekolah diarah tutup berikutan penularan COVID-19. Seri Paduka Baginda turut berkenan meluangkan masa beramah mesra dan menyantuni para guru dan murid sebelum mengakhiri lawatan kerja ini. Seri Paduka Baginda menzahirkan penghargaan kepada Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia, pihak sekolah dan semua guru di atas kesiapsiagaan serta persediaan rapi bagi menjamin keselamatan diutamakan dan mengelakkan risiko jangkitan di kalangan guru dan murid sepanjang berada di sekolah. Seri Paduka Baginda turut menasihati para guru dan murid agar bersabar menjalani sesi persekolahan dengan tatacara kebiasaan baharu, termasuk penjarakan sosial, dan sentiasa berdisiplin menjaga kebersihan diri serta mematuhi garis panduan yang telah ditetapkan di dalam dan luar waktu persekolahan. Seri Paduka Baginda juga memahami ada murid lain yang juga rindu untuk kembali ke sekolah menuntut ilmu, bertemu guru dan kawan-kawan. Semoga murid-murid ini dapat bersabar dahulu buat ketika ini. Al-Sultan Abdullah mendoakan semoga semua guru dan murid di Malaysia yang kembali bertugas dan bersekolah dipermudahkan segala urusan dan dilindungi Allah SWT. #agongkita

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