Teachers who refuse Covid-19 vaccines may be transferred, says Education Minister

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  • Sunday, 26 Sep 2021

Senior Minister (Education) Datuk Dr Radzi Jidin. – Bernama

LANGKAWI (Bernama): Teachers who refuse to be vaccinated against Covid-19 may be transferred elsewhere if their actions cause the Teaching and Learning (PdP) process of students to be affected.

Senior Minister (Education) Datuk Dr Radzi Jidin said one of the solutions being mulled in the interest of the students' safety was to transfer the teachers out.

"Previously, unvaccinated teachers could not teach face-to-face but must be present in school, where they are put in a special place and given assignments.

"However, if we look at this data, we find that at certain schools there are teachers who refuse to be vaccinated teaching the same subjects, so how can we continue learning in this context," he told reporters after visiting the Langkawi Vocational College here on Sunday (Sept 26).

He said this issue should not be allowed to prolong and transfers, including interstate, might be carried out to resolve it.

Radzi said that even in the early stages, teachers who refused to be vaccinated had been advised and given sufficient time to get their jabs.

"Of the 2,500 teachers who refused to be vaccinated, now there are only about 2,000 left. This may look like a small number but we cannot let this go on and we must take immediate action," he said.

He said his ministry was waiting for the Public Service Department to decide on the appropriate form of action to be taken.

On the vaccination of teenagers, he said although he could not make any conclusion regarding the process now, it appeared to be going well and in an orderly manner.

"The vaccination programme for teenagers just started and we are monitoring parents' acceptance.

"So far, there is good acceptance and parents are determined to send their children to get vaccinated," he said. – Bernama

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