Delay school reopening to allow preparations

Datuk Sebastian Ting

MIRI: Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) on Wednesday (Sept 29) proposed to the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) to delay the reopening of schools in Sarawak for one more week.

This was, according to SUPP secretary-general Datuk Sebastian Ting, because some schools were still in the dark over the new operational directives.

“We have been made to understand that school heads would likely be briefed on the operational and management tomorrow (Sept 30) by the Education Department.

“After that, the schools would have three days to prepare and do any last-minute adjustments before school reopens on Oct 4, which is next Monday, as announced by federal Senior Education Minister Datuk Radzi Jidin.”

Ting believed that this was very sudden and therefore would like SDMC to consider delaying the reopening.

“This would allow sufficient time for schools, especially the teachers, the necessary time to be fully or adequately prepared.

“At the moment, schools are overwhelmed in coordinating with student vaccination at various vaccination centres throughout Sarawak.

“As such, we feel it is better and safer not to rush the reopening of schools. Give them more time to prepare.”