S’wak postpones reopening of classes in three districts


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 15 Jul 2020

Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah. - ZULAZHAR SHEBLEE/The Star

KUCHING: Sarawak has postponed the reopening of secondary and primary school classes in Kuching, Padawan and Samarahan districts from today to Aug 3 in view of local transmissions of Covid-19.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah said this involved Transition, Form One to Form Four, Lower Six and Years Five and Six classes in the three districts.

He said Years One to Four classes scheduled to reopen on July 22 would also be postponed to Aug 3 in the three districts.

The state disaster management committee decided to postpone after five local transmissions were reported in Kuching in the past week, resulting in one death.

“In the past few days we had received feedback from parents in Kuching who expressed their concerns over the development of Covid-19.

“Based on the advice from the state Health Department and with the agreement of the state Education Department, the committee decided that the reopening of schools in Kuching, Padawan and Samarahan will be postponed to Aug 3, ” Uggah said at the committee’s briefing here yesterday.

He said 138 primary and secondary schools would be affected by the postponement, with 87 in Kuching district, 48 in Padawan and three in Samarahan.

However, he said preschool, Form Five and Upper Six classes which reopened last month would go on in the three districts.

“Childcare centres and kindergartens are still operating as well according to standard operating procedures (SOP), ” he said.

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