Union supports disciplinary action for unvaccinated teachers

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UCHING: The Sarawak Teachers’ Union (STU) has no objection on disciplinary action being taken against teachers who refuse to be vaccinated.

Its president Adam Prakash Abdullah said that teachers like all other civil servants in the country must abide by the Public Service Department circular.

“We have no objection for disciplinary action taken against the teachers who refuse to get vaccinated.

“I hope that before the Nov 1 deadline, all teachers will receive their vaccination, unless they have strong and justifiable reasons for not doing so,” he said when contacted by New Sarawak Tribune.

He was commented on a statement by Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon in Parliament last Tuesday on taking disciplinary actions against teachers who refuse to get vaccinated.

“We understand that only a small number of teachers have yet to get their vaccination and we hope they will do so soon before school reopens,” Adam added.

He said teachers must be role model to their students, hence taking the vaccination is a responsible act in making sure that the school environment was safe for all.

“We hope that any disciplinary actions against any teacher refusing to be vaccinated should be corrective rather than punitive in nature.

“We should solve rather than create more issues in the system,” he said.

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