Ahmad Malie

KUCHING: Teachers unions have urged parents to be vigilant and always remind their children to adhere to the standard operating procedure (SOP) when schools in Kuching, Padawan and Samarahan resume this Monday (17 Aug).

Sarawak Bumiputera Teachers Union (KGBS) president Ahmad Malie also reminded the school community to always emphasise SOP compliance among their students returning to school to ensure their health and to curb the spread of Covid-19.

“KGBS agrees with the state government’s decision to reopen schools on August 17 for those under the administration of PPD (District Education Office) Kuching, PPD Padawan, and PPD Samarahan, even though this will be just three days before the second term holidays begin on August 20.

“We are confident that this decision was made after taking into account the views and advice of the health ministry (MoH) and National Security Council (MKN),” he told New Sarawak Tribune on Friday.

He hoped that the reopening of schools would be conducted smoothly.

Macky Joseph

Meanwhile, Sarawak Teachers Union (STU) president Macky Joseph urged students and teachers to prepare themselves and be ready to start face-to-face learning and teaching.

“Stay at home if feeling unwell. Strictly follow the instructions and obey the SOP,” he advised, adding that safety and discipline were mandatory within the school compound and also outside the school perimeter.

The reopening of schools in Kuching, Padawan, and Samarahan was postponed from August 3 to August 17 due to an increase in Covid-19 cases then.

This involved Remove Class, Form One to Four, Lower Form Six, and Primary One to Six, while preschool, Form Five, and Upper Form Six classes continued as usual.