Macky Joseph

KUCHING: Sarawak Teachers Union (STU) is urging the authorities not to hurry the process of reopening schools.

“Schools have remained shut since the movement control order (MCO) came into effect in March to curb the spread of Covid-19.

“Education Minister Dr Mohd Radzi Md Jidin previously said the ministry would give a 14-day notice to schools before reopening, with face-to-face classes limited to Form Five and Form Six initially.

“Thus, STU advises all parties to let the Education Ministry make the announcement,” Macky Joseph said in a statement today.

He was responding to a Facebook posting by Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian on May 22 who said that Form Four and Five classes might be able to restart soon after taking into consideration the measures to prevent Covid-19 transmission.

Macky stressed that the Education Ministry had yet to announce the date for the reopening of schools.

“The guidelines must contain the most effective ways to maintain hygiene and crowd control to ensure there will not be any spread of infection.

“STU wishes to highlight that all parties shall remain obedient and disciplined in complying with the standard operating procedures (SOPs) while on alert with the guidelines given, not only within the school perimeters but also outside the school compounds,” he elaborated.

He also advised the education fraternity to be prepared in welcoming the new normal of education practices.