Dr Rundi (centre) witnesses the presentation of school uniform aid by Baithy (left) to Mohamad. Also seen at second left is Kennedy.

KUCHING: Parent–teacher associations (PTAs) are urged to help schools explain the Covid-19 standard operating procedures (SOPs) to parents.

Utilities Minister Datuk Seri Dr Stephen Rundi Utom said this is to assure parents that it is safe for them to send their children to schools following the Covid-19 pandemic.

“It is up to the PTA to hold a dialogue or a meeting with parents to raise awareness (on the SOPs) along with teachers.

“In this instance, parents too should help teachers by sending their children to school for them to not be left behind in their studies. Knowledge is key and it is priceless,” he said.

He said this at a school reopening registration programme at the Sebauh community hall in Sebauh last Saturday.

On the development of SK Sebauh which was recently razed by a fire earlier in the week, Dr Rundi who is Kemena assemblyman said various parties have come forward to offer relief and contributions to ease the plight of the school

“We have received various help from all, be it from companies or individuals. Earlier, I have also witnessed the presentation of aid from Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas) in the form of mattresses and beds,” he said.

Dr Rundi said in the school, there are 56 pupils who are staying at its hostel but only 12 of them were at the school during the fire.

During the ceremony, he also witnessed the signing of collaboration agreements by the Tatau district education office with various government agencies.

The Kemena assemblyman also witnessed the presentation of hand sanitisers and face masks to representatives from 14 schools in the Sebauh district, along with school uniform aid to 450 pupils in Sebauh worth RM90,000 from Yayasan Sarawak.

Also present were Murum assemblyman Kennedy Chuk Pai Ugon; political secretary to the chief minister Jenny Bangga; Sebauh deputy district education officer Mohamad Nor Abdullah @ Tana; and Sebauh acting district officer Baithy Tini.