Preschoolers will return to physical learning five times a week starting on January 17, along with students in Year 7 to 9 in the second stage of the Early Endemic Phase.
This was announced by the Minister of Education Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hamzah bin Haji Sulaiman during a press conference, yesterday.
The reopening of the preschool is specifically for students aged between 3 to 4 in kindergarten 1 and 2, which is to be operated with 30% capacity.
“In ensuring the safety of the students and school community, the reopening of kindergarten centres must adhere with strict guidelines, and Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) provided, and the Private Education Department will monitor the implementation of the SOP that has been set to ensure the schools are well-prepared,” he said.
Children attending their classes are required to wear face masks and undergo ART tests, once a week.
On the first week of the reopening, two false positives were identified among a total of 14,284 students in Year 10 to 13 who underwent the ART tests, which were later reported as negative in the PCR tests results.
The minister also shared another three false positives detected among 15,030 students on the second week of the reopening.
Based on The Brunei Post poll via Instagram, 87% of the total 80 participants were unwilling to send their unvaccinated children to schools whose also concerned about the rising of the Covid-19 cases. Meanwhile, only 13% were ready.
Yesterday, the country recorded another 38 new Covid-19 cases, of which 28 cases were local, and ten were imported.
This brings the currently active cases to hit 267.
One case is identified in Category 4 that needs close monitoring and requires oxygen assistance. Meanwhile, no cases were identified in Category 5.
Ten recovery cases were reported, bringing the total recovered cases to 15,381. The bed occupancy rate in isolation centres nationwide is currently at 7.1%.