Long break for over 1,000 schools

Datuk Amar Michael Manyin Jawong

KUCHING: It would be another long holiday — until June 13 — for more than 1,000 primary and secondary schools in Sarawak’s Covid-19 red zone districts.

The 863 primary and 146 secondary schools involving 372,433 students and 30,425 teachers will only reopen after the Gawai festival on June 14.

Education, Science and Technological Research Minister Datuk Amar Michael Manyin Jawong said the decision was following an online meeting with Senior Minister of Education Datuk Dr Radzi Jidin.

According to Manyin, Radzi told the meeting that his ministry had decided to let the schools, which had been ordered to close for two weeks from April 20 to May 2, to remain shut until June 13.

He said this is because it would only be five schooling days before the schools start their Hari Raya Aidilfitri holidays from May 8 to 16.

The meeting was also attended by Deputy Chief Minister and Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas.

Prior to the online meeting, Radzi had on April 26, also announced that school lessons would be held online for two weeks from May 17 to 28 while the mid-term school holidays for two weeks would start on May 29.