IPOH: All maahad tahfiz schools and hostels in Perak will be allowed to reopen starting March 1.
Perak Islamic Religion and Malay Custom Council president Datuk Seri Mohd Annuar Zaini said the Sultan of Perak, Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah, had consented to the reopening of these religious schools and hostels but they must adhere to strict conditions.
“The Sultan stresses that the state Islamic Religious Department will not compromise on the observation of standard operating procedure among the maahad tahfiz community.
“Students should at all times be given maximum protection and never be exposed to health risks.
“The department director has been given the authority to call for the closure of any maahad tahfiz that fails to follow the conditions set, ” he said yesterday.
Mohd Annuar said the maximum number of students allowed would depend on the capacity of the hostel or school, while allowing for physical distancing.
“It must also be approved by the state Islamic Religious Department with advice from the state Health Department and National Security Council.
“Rooms used for studying and prayers and hostels will need to observe physical distancing.
“Students are only allowed to use the lower bunk of double-decker beds at hostels, ” he said, adding that students were not allowed to eat in groups. All items brought from home or from outside are to be sanitised, ” he said.
Mohd Annuar said the school management must provide longer hours for registration while parents and guardians were to be invited to come in stages to ensure physical distancing was observed.
“There will also be strict controls and monitoring by teachers and staff on entry into the premises.”
Parents are allowed to send their children to the hostel but must drop them off at the front gate.
“They are also not allowed to visit their children for now to minimise risk and exposure, ” he said.
“Permits for visitation will be allowed when the authorities are satisfied that the spread of Covid-19 has been controlled or when the number of daily cases has dropped.”