GEORGE TOWN: A total of 29 primary and secondary schools in Penang have been ordered to close on Monday (May 3) and Tuesday due to Covid-19 infections, says state Education director Abdul Rashid Abdul Samad.
"The schools were ordered to close for two days to enable sanitisation work to be carried out and for the school management to reassess the risk before any decision (whether to extend the closure) can be made," he said on Monday.
Abdul Rashid said during the closure, affected students would continue their studies through home-based teaching and learning (PdPR).
Penang health committee chairman Dr Norlela Ariffin said the state has seen a rise in Covid-19 cases in schools lately.
"There have been cases where teachers are positive but do not realise it, as well as students who got it from their parents.
"Do not come to school even if you do not have any symptoms but have had close contact with someone who is Covid-19 positive.
"We want parents and teachers to understand the basics. As long as you were exposed to someone who is Covid-19 positive, stay at home.
"If you are a teacher and your child is positive, quarantine yourself at home," she urged.