Allow SOP compliance monitoring in schools

Annuar Rapaee

KUCHING: The Education Ministry (MOE) has been urged to allow relevant authorities in Sarawak to monitor schools to ensure standard operating procedure (SOP) compliance.

Education, Science and Technological Research Assistant Minister Dr Annuar Rapaee said there have been many complaints by parents about the violation of SOPs in schools.

“For example, there are schools where on a day they are supposed to be closed, classes are still being held.

“Whatever the reason is, whether you want to hold a seminar or use the school Wi-Fi, the fact remains that schools have been ordered to close,” he said in a livestream on Wednesday.

Dr Annuar said teachers also must abideby the SOPs during classes.

“I have witnessed first hand a teacher not wearing a face mask while briefing a classroom full of students with their face masks on,” he said.

He said teachers can also consider wearing a face shield instead of a face mask if they worry that their voices cannot be heard properly.

“This (breaching of SOPs) is due to our authorities not being allowed to monitor the situation in schools so that SOPs are strictly adhered to. That is why we appeal to the (Education) Minister to allow SOP compliance monitoring,” he said.

Earlier, Dr Annuar also expressed relief with the announcement by Education, Science and Technological Research Minister Datuk Amar Michael Manyin Jawong that schools in Sarawak red zones will only reopen on June 14.

“I am also working closely with school headmasters on the issue of infected students. We hope this cooperation can continue,” he added.