Students wearing face masks and practising social distancing as they queue up to have their temperature checked before they are allowed to enter the classroom. Photo: Mohd Alif Noni

KUCHING: Sarawak Bumiputera Teachers Union (KGBS) would like parents/guardians to encourage their children/charges to wear face masks in schools.

KGBS president Ahmad Malie said although the government had not made wearing of face masks compulsory, it was not prohibited either.

“KGBS welcomed the government’s decision to not make it an obligation for students to wear face masks.

Ahmed Malie

“We believed such decision was made after receiving recommendation and advice from the Ministry of Health and National Security Council.

“If the parent or guardian of the student wishes to ask them to wear face masks, no one will stop them. Instead, we encourage that,” he said today.

Having said that, Ahmad stressed that it was the students’ responsibility to wear face masks to curb the spread of Covid-19.

Ahmad advised children who are feeling unwell to stay home.

He was responding to Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob’s announcement last Friday, saying that the wearing of face masks is not compulsory for students.

Ismail Sabri mentioned that as stipulated under the Education Ministry guidelines, schools only needed to provide soap or hand sanitisers and conduct screening for symptoms and body temperature.