Open preschools, kindies to parents in essential services also

Rosey, Salina and Fatimah (centre).

KUCHING: The Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development (KWKPK) Minister has forwarded an application to the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) regarding the reopening of preschools and kindergartens as well as vaccinations for educators.

Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah said during a Zoom meeting on Monday (June 28) that preschools and kindergartens should be opened not only for children of frontliners but also for children of those who work in essential services.

“During this movement control order (MCO), preschools and kindergartens are only opened for children of frontliners, which is why I think SDMC needs to reconsider allowing also children of those working in essential services such as banking, education and media.

“At the moment, we are still accepting appeals from parents who work in essential services. However, such matter needs to be deeply examined and so far, we have not received any approval from SDMC.

“This is why in order for this become a reality, it is important to firstly vaccinate all educators in pre-schools and kindergartens since home-based learning and teaching (PdPR) is not really suitable for children of this age.”

Fatimah urged the Sarawak government and SDMC to prioritise vaccinations for educators of Children’s Early Education Institutions (IPAKKs).

“On March 12, KWKPK sent 5,703 names of IPAKK educators to SDMC, and I urge SDMC to give the educators priority.

“This is to ensure that IPAKKs can provide education and care to children in a safe environment.”

Also attending the meeting were assistant minister Datuk Rosey Yunus and KWKPK head Salina Bujang.