SDMC to decide when schools reopen

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KUCHING: The Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) will make its own decision on the reopening of schools throughout the state which was slated for Jan 20 by the federal Education Ministry (MoE).

Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said the risk of the reopening will be assessed based on zones and decisions will be made on what is appropriate for the given areas.

“There have been many queries about the MoE’s circular on the opening of schools on Jan 20. Although education is under the purview of the federal government, it would be wise not follow their circular blindly.

“This is due to Sibu going into movement control order (MCO), Kuching and Miri under conditional MCO (CMCO), the flood situation, and teachers entering Sarawak from Malaya and Sabah having to undergo the strict 14-day quarantine.”

He said while education is important to the children, especially after an extended break from school last year, safety must come first.

“Last year, our children only went to school for three months and were on holiday the rest of the year. Understandably, there are a lot to catch up on and not everyone has good internet access,” he said.

The Batu Kawa assemblyman said regardless, the public must stay focused on containing the local Covid-19 situation.

He stressed that the fourth Covid-19 wave is more dangerous than the previous three waves and that the public must work with the authorities to trace, test, isolate and flatten the curve.

“Play your role, do your part — that is the only way for us to fight the war against Covid-19,” he said.

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