Covid-19: Defence Ministry to facilitate smooth reopening of schools, says Hisham

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): The Defence Ministry will provide assistance to and work together with the Education Ministry to ensure that the reopening of schools in stages from Oct 3 will go smoothly.

Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said the cooperation involved the preparation of classrooms in addition to ensuring a smooth vaccination process for students, providing Covid-19 test kits and empowering tuition centres at schools in Armed Forces camps.

"We are with Education Minister Datuk Dr Radzi Jidin all the way because he is doing this for the benefit of the students and their future," he told a joint press conference with Radzi at Wisma Pertahanan here on Wednesday (Sept 15).

Earlier, Hishammuddin and Radzi held a meeting which was also attended by Deputy Health Minister Datuk Dr Noor Azmi Ghazali, officers from the National Security Council (NSC) and Armed Forces as well as the National Recovery Plan (NRP) team.

Schools will reopen in stages from Oct 3 and students will take turns to attend school, with attendance set at 50% of the classroom capacity to reduce the risk of Covid-19 transmission.

Hishammuddin said his ministry would work closely with the Education Ministry in an effort to empower tuition centres in MAF camps, including by improving learning modules and providing training to teachers.

On Covid-19 vaccination for students, including children of Armed Forces staff, he said the Royal Health Corps was ready to be mobilised at any time to assist the Health Ministry, including through the Combat Medic Vaccination Team.

He said the process of vaccinating teachers at schools in ATM camps nationwide was running smoothly and so far 1,990 out of 2,169 people had completed their vaccination process.

"This is a good development, especially in the context of health ahead of the reopening of schools and face-to-face teaching and learning sessions in several states soon," he said. – Bernama

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