Parents choose children’s education over travelling


PETALING JAYA: Some parents are choosing to prioritise their children’s education over travelling interstate for leisure.

As schools are still in session, their focus is to ensure that their children’s education runs smoothly and to keep the risk of exposing their family to Covid-19 at a minimum.

Fauzia Sultan said she did not want to rush to travel and let her guard down, as adhering to strict standard operating procedure while on holiday with children could be challenging.

“Travel can wait until our children are fully vaccinated. We have to be part of the concerted effort to ensure that all children are safe from Covid-19.

“Going back to school safely remains a priority as our children have been deprived of socialising with their peers for way too long,” added the mother of two.

Another parent, who only wanted to be known as Kogi, said she too did not have plans to travel any time soon as she and her husband did not want to risk themselves and their children.

“My son is in Form Three and has not received his vaccine yet.

“It’s still risky out there, more so now that the economy and borders have opened up and everyone is out and about,” she said.

Rodney Teoh, a father of two secondary schoolgoing children, said it was crucial to be more vigilant now that the interstate ban had been lifted.

According to a post on Education Minister Datuk Dr Radzi Jidin’s Facebook page on Sunday, nearly 80% of students aged 12 to 17 had received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.

Teoh said this did not mean that everyone was fully protected from the disease.

“I am not going to travel interstate unless it is absolutely necessary, be it while schools are in session or during the year-end holidays,” he said.

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