Errant kindergartens warned

Fatimah referring to some of the standard operating procedures for the reopening of kindergartens in Sarawak.

KUCHING: Kindergartens in Sarawak which are reopening on July 1 must comply with standard operating procedures (SOP) or they will not be allowed to operate, said state Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah.

She said her ministry would monitor the kindergartens together with relevant agencies such as the Community Development Department (Kemas) and Education Department.

“Those that do not comply with the SOP will be directed to cease their operations until we are satisfied that they have taken the necessary steps to comply, ” she said.

There are 2,865 registered kindergartens in Sarawak.

Fatimah said the SOP prepared by her ministry was accepted by the state disaster management committee during its meeting on Monday.

The SOP includes temperature checks upon arrival, no group activities and no sharing of learning materials and toys, which must be cleaned daily before and after use.

The number of children in each class will be limited to 50% of the maximum capacity, depending on the size of the classroom, in order to maintain social distancing.

“We will give kindergartens the option of doing two sessions, in the morning and afternoon, or conduct classes on alternate days in view of the need to limit the number of children.

“The kindergartens will decide on this in consultation with parents, ” Fatimah said.

She also reminded parents to comply with the SOP set when sending and fetching their children at the premises.

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