School board wants classes temporarily suspended

Aaron Tay

KUCHING: The Kuching Chung Hua Primary School (CHPS) Board of Management wants the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) to temporarily suspend classes for two weeks in view of the increasing Covid-19 cases in the state.

Its board member Aaron Tay noted that several schools had reported cases of teachers, students and parents diagnosed with Covid-19.

“Since the Covid-19 in the state has spiked up recently, it is necessary to act decisively and announce the closure of schools as soon as possible so that schools and students can better prepare themselves for online classes.

“We need to be careful about the situation in the school especially when students might become close contacts with an infected person, hence contracting the virus,” he said.

He reiterated that SDMC must immediately suspend classes for two weeks during which online classes could be conducted to replace physical teaching in order to effectively contain the spread of the virus.

“SDMC should strengthen the current standard operating procedures (SOPs) and constantly monitor the situation.

“I hope that SDMC can strictly enforce the regulations of people entering Sarawak who must be quarantined in an isolation centre for 14 days.

“Do not let the entrants disregard quarantining themselves or home quarantine to avoid repeating the same mistakes again,” he pointed out.

At the same time, he said the vaccination programme must be speeded up in order to protect the safety of Sarawakians.

“Vaccination is currently the only effective way to stop the spread of the virus, therefore it is necessary to encourage and assist family members as well as friends around us to register for inoculation. 

“The Sarawak government should speed up its vaccination programme in order to achieve the goal of 70 percent of Sarawakians successful vaccinated and hence acquiring herd immunity,” said Tay.