Close schools only if situation requires

Ahmad Malie

KUCHING: The Sarawak Bumiputera Teachers Union (KGBS) is concerned about the spike in Covid-19 cases statewide.

KGBS president Ahmad Malie is urging the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) to make the right call regarding the operations of schools.

“The Sarawak Headmasters Council (MGBS) recommends that if schools need to be closed, it should be done selectively, but KGBS suggests that it should be done according to affected areas as transmission is not completely widespread.

“Let’s take Kuching for example. Despite the rise in cases, we need to look into details which zones are affected.

“If one zone in Kuching experienced an increase, it would be appropriate that only schools in the said area close. Operations should resume as normal in other zones in Kuching, especially green zones,” he explained.

KGBS stressed that such measures could be taken to curb the spread of Covid-19 while ensuring that the learning process as a whole was not disrupted.

Ahmad said schools in rural areas should not be closed because the areas were classified as green zone.

“However, we will abide by the decisions made and we hope it will a wise and practical one.

“KGBS agrees that the best decision will be not to close schools if the situation does not require it. We believe that face-to-face learning is still the best method.”