‘Schools won’t close if cases under control’

Mazlan (left) presenting financial aid worth RM600 from YBJB to a recipient.

SCHOOLS will not be closed if the Covid-19 infection in Johor is still under control, says state education, information, heritage and culture committee chairman Mazlan Bujang.

“Our SOP right now is to only shut down the classrooms if there is an infection case recorded in a school.

“If the number of infection only affects one classroom, that classroom will be closed off and the students will be sent for quarantine.

“The quarantine duration is seven days and if there is no additional cases, we will continue with our teaching and learning process, ” he said when met by reporters at the Johor Baru City Foundation (YBJB) welfare aid presentation ceremony at Dewan Jubli Intan in Johor Baru.

For the past week, Johor’s new infection cases numbered below 100 — which he deemed was still “manageable” for the state Health Department, state Education Department and the National Security Council (NSC) — from April 11 to 14 but then went up to three-digit figures starting April 15. On April 18, new Covid-19 cases detected in the state stood at 387.

Mazlan said any decision would be announced by the NSC, with recommendation from the state Health Department.

“To date, that is the SOP. Any changes will be decided by the NSC and we will comply.

“The main focus right now is to continue practising our day-to-day activities under the new norm to ensure that we can continue to reduce the number of new infections in the state, so that we can celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri together, ” he added.

On the YBJB welfare aid programme, Mazlan who is also the foundation’s chairman, announced that a total of 150 recipients from the B40 group would be given RM600 for two months starting April 12.

“This is the first phase of this aid distribution where we have a total of 1,994 recipients who are registered under the E-Kasih programme, involving an allocation worth RM1.1mil.

“We expect to distribute all aid before Hari Raya Aidilfitri, ” he said.

He added that the foundation would be distributing, on behalf of the government, food baskets worth RM100 each to those recipients next month. It is under the Permai Food Basket initiative announced by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

Along with the food basket, Mazlan said each of the recipients would also get RM100 cash from YBJB.

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