Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas

KUCHING: Schools in Sarawak will reopen in stages starting July 15.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said that Sarawak would follow the Education Ministry’s decision announced by Education Minister Dr Mohd Radzi Md Jidin yesterday in relation to the reopening of primary and secondary schools.

The Education minister had announced that Form One to Four, Primary Five and Six, remove class, and Form Six Semester One students would be allowed to resume classes on July 15, while Primary One to Four students would return on July 22.

At the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) Covid-19 daily press update yesterday, Uggah said that based on his inspections on schools recently, he had observed that the standard operating procedure (SOP) was very well implemented.

He hoped that everyone would work together and cooperate once schools reopened to ensure that students had the opportunity to continue their studies.

“At the same time, do not forget the need to protect ourselves. Keep to the SOP which has been set, practise social distancing and maintain personal hygiene,” he urged.

Meanwhile, on Covid-19 contact-tracing apps such as Qmunity and CovidTrace, he called on premises operators to ensure that their app facilities are up to date.

“The purpose is to monitor the people who visit these places, so they must update it,” he said.

Uggah, who is also SDMC chairman, explained that such apps would facilitate the State Health Department (JKNS) in conducting contact tracing.