KUCHING: The government has been urged to expedite Covid-19 vaccination for teachers as to date, only 36 per cent have been inoculated.
“This is still way below the ideal vaccination of 100 per cent. I hope the Ministry of Education (MoE) and Ministry of Health (MoH) speed up the process for teachers by August.
“Hopefully by then, there would be no issue of flip-flopping with regard to school opening,” said Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) Kuching treasurer Jong Yean Pin on Friday (July 16).
He also said since the implementation of the movement control order (MCO) and the temporary closure of schools, both students and teachers must have been enormously exhausted.
“Since last year under the new norm, the disadvantage of online classes compared to conventional school is its inability for teacher-student interaction and collaboration.
“Elementary school and most middle school students have been confined to online classes for over a year and this may have an adverse psychological effect on some students that may even lead to depression.”
Jong, who is also the potential election candidate for Padungan seat, added that online teaching lacked the elements for a positive development of the comprehensive school, family and social integration.
“Normalised school education is vital in the mental and spiritual development of our children.”
He also urged eligible students to go for vaccination once the vaccine is available for them.
“MoE informed about recruiting 18,700 new teachers with tertiary education qualifications to overcome the teacher shortage issue recently.
“I urged the MoE to show more determination instead of just mere lip service.”
Having said that, he urged the public to actively apply for the intake opening to fill the long-standing teacher shortage issue.