IPOH: Pre-schools will open on July 1 as announced earlier, says Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon.
The Deputy Education Minister 1 said there were many parents who needed to send their children to pre-school while they went to work.
“The ministry will make sure the standard operating procedure (SOP) is in place before the opening, ” he told reporters after visiting SMK Main Convent Ipoh to check on the preparations on Tuesday (June 23).
He said this when asked to comment on the call by the National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP) for the government to postpone the opening of pre-schools and kindergartens on July 1.
NUTP president Aminudin Awang had said that most pre-schools and kindergartens were not prepared for operations due to the constraints on infrastructure to meet the SOP set by the government.
Dr Mah said the ministry would try to assist them in this.
“When there is a need to open and decisions have been made, we have to continue.
“Any SOP, we will discuss and ensure all goes as planned, ” he added.
On the preparations carried out by schools for the June 24 reopening for Form Five and Six students, Dr Mah said the preparations were satisfactory and the schools were ready.
“I’m satisfied with the preparations by all the schools that I have personally visited, ” he added.