Miri schools to close temporarily

Datuk Lee Kim Shin

MIRI: The Miri Divisional Disaster Management Committee (DDMC) today (April 18) decided that schools in the district should be temporary closed for 14 days to curb the spread of the virus in schools.

“All schools in the district will revert to home-based teaching and learning (PdPR) and the situation will be reviewed once the 14-day period is up,” said Datuk Lee Kim Shin, who is the minister in charge of the Miri DDMC, in a statement today.

This decision was made after a meeting held last Saturday between Lee and various agencies and government department via Zoom.

In the case of Subis and Beluru districts which are also red zones, the committee also requested that the schools in these districts be temporary closed for 14 days.

The request has been conveyed to the state Education Department as well as to the Sarawak State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC).

“I have personally spoken to SDMC chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas who expressed his support.

“I hope that the state Education Department director would give due consideration and approve the above request,” said Lee, who is also Transport Minister.

Also present was Acting Miri Resident Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof.

It was noted that 13 percent of the total 3,253 cumulative positive cases in the district (as of last Friday) involved school-going children

The meeting was also informed that one secondary school principal in Miri was also served a compound notice for breaching the standard operating procedures.