Aiming to get all teachers vaccinated in second phase

IPOH: Efforts are being made by the Education Ministry for all teachers to be vaccinated against Covid-19 under the second phase of the national programme, says Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon.

The Deputy Education Minister said some 10% of teachers had already been vaccinated in phase one of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme.

“There are over 500,000 teachers nationwide. We are trying really hard to get the remaining teachers to be included in the second phase, ” he told reporters after witnessing the presentation of paintings by an SMJK Yuk Choy teacher – who passed away last year – to the school yesterday.

Dr Mah said both the Health and Education ministries had a clear standard operating procedure on matters pertaining to school operations.

He said if all parties adhered to the SOP, schools would not face big problems.

“Our priority is always the health and safety of students.

“But the continuation of education is also important because no one is able to predict if the disease will last for six months, one year or three years.

“For subjects related to languages, it is still possible to catch up but for subjects like mathematics and science, it is difficult because there is a continuation issue from one year to the next, ” he said.

Dr Mah also agreed with the Health Minister that chances of students in schools transmitting the disease to one another was not that high as most got infected from outside.

“The infection rate from trips to bazaars and shopping malls is higher.

“Therefore, adults must register for the vaccination to ensure herd immunity is achieved.

“Vaccination will not only protect us but our children and students as well, ” he said.

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