DUNGUN: Face-to-face school sessions involving 47,000 students in Terengganu, Kelantan and Langkawi, which commenced yesterday, went smoothly.
Education Minister Datuk Dr Radzi Jidin said overall, schools had successfully complied with the stipulated procedures and guidelines to prevent Covid-19 infection, including the ventilation in classrooms.
“The ventilation in almost all classes is at the optimum level and students and teachers are wearing face masks in the classrooms.
“Everything is going well, including the rotation system.
“As we have announced before, only half of the students will be in the classroom while the rest will be studying at home.
“This will allow them to maintain physical distancing. We hope that the admission and dispersal of students can be done in an orderly manner,” he told reporters after observing the face-to-face school session at SM Sains Dungun yesterday.Earlier, Radzi also visited several other schools including SM Sultan Sulaiman in Kuala Terengganu, SM Agama Marang and SM Tengku Intan Zaharah in Dungun.
He also said that more than 80% of Form Five and Form Six students nationwide had received the Covid-19 vaccine.
In general, the vaccination process for Form One to Form Five students was going well so far and the number of vaccine recipients among the group had increased quite quickly, said Radzi.
“Almost all Form Six and Form Five students have been inoculated.
“Now, (the vaccination process) is being implemented in stages. Some will be done in schools like SM Sultan Sulaiman (Kuala Terengganu) today, which is the vaccination centre for two schools,” he said.
In a related development, Radzi said the decision not to allow some 2,000 teachers who refused to be vaccinated to conduct face-to-face lessons would not affect the teaching and learning sessions.
“We have identified their schools and the subjects that they teach.
“So when I said that there is a huge possibility of them being transferred out, it does not mean that they can conduct face-to-face lessons in other schools.
“There are cases where almost all teachers who teach the same subject refuse to be vaccinated.
“That is why we decided that these teachers need to be transferred out to ensure that the posts are not affected.
“But for now, these teachers are given other tasks,” he said. — Bernama