PARENTS in Sibu are hesitant about sending their children to school when it reopens on March 1.
They fear that Sibu district may still be in the Covid-19 red zone at the time.
Bill Jugah said he was not in favour of his two sons, one who will be in Year 1 and the other in Form 1, attending physical classes.
“I don’t think there will be any major improvement in Sibu’s red zone in a week’s time. I would prefer delaying sending them to school, ” he said.
Bill, who is also the Sarawak Dayak Iban Association Rajang Branch chairman, prefers to continue with online learning.
“To be safe, it is better to continue with online learning since they have their own textbooks.
“I will only allow them to go to school if there is a major improvement but we don’t know when that will be, ” he said.
Office administrator Ali Saibe, 55, is also in no rush to send his youngest son who will be entering Year 2.
“If Sibu is still a red zone on March 1, then I will not be sending him to school though they may have the standard operating procedures in place, ” he said, adding that he might change his mind only if Sibu was declared a green zone.
Sibu Municipal Council chairman Clarence Ting said schools’ Parent-Teacher Associations must assure parents that all SOP would be met to mitigate the situation.
“I share the parents’ anxiety. But we know that remote learning is not a good substitute for face-to-face interaction.
“We know children under 18 years old will not be vaccinated and this pandemic will be with
us for a long time, ” he added.
Ting suggested that elected officials check schools’ preparations in their constituency to allay parents’ fears.
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