Call to postpone classes in red, orange zones

Rapelson Richard Hamit

KUCHING: Persatuan Anak Istimewa Sarawak (Perais) has urged the Education Ministry (MOE) and Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) to consider postponing schooling sessions in red and orange zones.

Its president Rapelson Richard Hamit made the call following a recent case of a student in Siburan who tested positive after contact with someone in Batu Gong Cluster.

Due to that cluster, enhanced movement control order (EMCO) was implemented at Kampung Batu Gong Baru and Kampung Batu Gong Lama. Fifty of the villagers had tested positive.

“There are children who are asymptomatic since most of them have high immunity, but those who are not as healthy would have their signs and symptoms visible.

“The student who tested positive is asymptomatic and as such is likely to infect other students and school staff.

“Therefore, I believe the schooling sessions in red and orange zones should be postponed until the zone status changes to green. This is in order to ensure the health and safety of all school teachers and students,” he said in a statement on Sunday (March 28).

As of 2pm Sunday, 12 districts are red zones, namely, Kota Samarahan, Sri Aman, Song, Serian, Julau, Betong, Meradong, Kuching, Kapit, Bintulu, Miri and Sibu.

The orange ones are Bukit Mabong and Sarikei districts.

Rapelson also told that his swab test result for the first screening was negative and he was under home quarantine for 14 days beginning last Wednesday (March 24).