Parents picking up children in JB schools via drive-thru
JOHOR BAHRU,. Many schools with hostels in this district have implemented the drive-thru concept for parents who wanted to pick up their children, in an effort to adhere to the standard operating procedures (SOP) following the directive to close all education institutions starting tomorrow.
A check by Bernama in several schools with hostels here found that the process went smoothly without congestion, as parents came by according to the times stipulated by the school administrations.
Most of the parents when met said they had been informed on the closure directive as well as the time and method to pick up their children via WhatsApp last night after the official directive was issued by the Ministry of Education.
Mohd Yusuf Ahmad, 52, said he was informed of the matter by his daughter’s teacher via the school’s WhatsApp group.
“The teacher also informed that there will be online classes and the timetable will be shared later,” he said when met outside the Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Sultan Ismail girl’s hostel here, today.
Mohd Yusuf, who is an executive director at a private company, said his daughter’s final examination which was scheduled to begin tomorrow, had also been postponed.
Meanwhile, Juraini Mohd Salleh, 53, who came to pick up her Form Four son at a religious boarding school here said the school had arranged a different lane and gate for male and female students to ease the movement and avoid congestion.
“I received information from the school at 11 pm last night. Prior to that, I have already heard the news on the (school) closure on television so I am prepared,” she said.
Despite being concerned about her son’s education, Juraini was confident that it would continue at home as the district has been declared a red zone.
It is learned that 11 daily hostels with 2,086 students were affected by the closure.
Yesterday, the Education Ministry announced the closure of all 376 education institutions in Johor Bahru district and some part of Kulai from tomorrow until Nov 14, due to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases.
Also affected are 217 Islamic education institutions under the Johor Islamic Religious Department.