IPOH: A total of 10% of teachers have been vaccinated against Covid-19, says Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon (pic).
The Deputy Education Minister also said that his ministry is working hard to ensure all teachers who have yet to receive the Covid-19 vaccination are able to get it in the programme's second phase.
“There are over 500,000 teachers nationwide, and the ministry is trying really hard to get the remaining teachers to be included in the second phase of the vaccination programme, ” he told reporters after witnessing the presentation of paintings of a late teacher of SMJK Yuk Choy to the school on Saturday (April 17).
Dr Mah also said both the Health and Education ministries had clear standard operating procedures on matters pertaining to school operations.
He said if all parties adhered to the SOPs, he believed the schools would not face big problems.
“However saying that, the ministry’s priority is always on the health and safety of students," said Mah.
"At the same time, the continuation of education is also important, because no one is able to predict if the virus will last for six months, one year or even three years," he added.
Dr Mah said that the education of students is being affected.
"For language-related subjects, it is still possible to catch up, but it is difficult for subjects like mathematics and science because there is a connection from one year to another, ” he added.
Dr Mah said that in the cases involving schools, most students and teachers who were infected contracted the virus outside the school and the chances of students transmitting to each other is low.
“(The chance of)getting Covid-19 from trips to bazaars and shopping malls is higher.
Thus, adults must register for the vaccination to ensure herd immunity is obtained. The vaccination will not only protect us, but our children and students as well, ” he added.