STU president Macky Joseph

KUCHING: Sarawak Teachers Union (STU) president, Macky Joseph has urged students to adapt to home-based learning through various platforms in view of the closure of schools in Kuching District from tomorrow to Nov 13.

In a statement today, he advised parents and guardians to take note of this change as well.

Macky said all parties needed to take part to ensure that students were safe and could continue their education.

“Teachers should also follow the guidelines given by the Education Ministry (MoE) and work from home,” he added.

“Adopting the new normal is a must. Ensure good personal hygiene, be alert with physical distancing, and be on the lookout for advice from the Health Ministry (MoH),” he said.

Macky stressed that all parties needed to be vigilant and adhere to the standard operating procedures (SOPs) not only in Kuching but everywhere else as well.

The MoE, in an earlier statement, announced that all schools and educational institutions in Kuching would be closed from Oct 30 until Nov 13, following the declaration of Kuching District as a Covid-19 red zone due to the rising number of positive cases here.

The closure involves a total of 209 educational institutions throughout Kuching District, including primary and secondary schools under MoE, Teacher’s Education Institutes, matriculation colleges, and other private schools registered with the ministry.

The Ministry said that throughout the closure period, school and educational institution administrators had been instructed to ensure that teachers and students carried out teaching and learning from home.